Anti Poverty Week - A Story Of Child Abuse

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18th October 2010                                                                                                                                             Preetesh Morar

                                                                                                                                                                               0414596709


IF A FOUR YEAR OLD GIRL ASKED YOU TO CUT OFF ALL HER HAIR, “ SHORT

LIKE A BOY”, SO THE MEN WOULDN’T TOUCH HER AT NIGHT, WHAT WOULD

YOU DO?

When you are young and homeless, who helps protect you?



This ONE request from a little homeless girl changed the life of local Brisbane hairdresser, Jessica Kirkman who has

spent the past four years volunteering  for various organizations assisting the homeless in Brisbane, including

Homeless Connect, which connects professionals willing to offer their services for free to the homeless community.

Cutting hair for homeless people is where Jess met the young homeless girl who was being sexually abused.

“I was shocked.”  Jess explains, “I just wanted to pick her up and take her home, protect her from what was going

on.  Homeless people are so vulnerable – especially the children.  I just knew I needed to do everything I could to

help these people.”

Jessica, who is only 25, will take her mission to change the lives of as many homeless people in her community as

possible to the streets to mark the start of ANTI-POVERTY WEEK (Oct 17- 24) with the launch of her first book, Red

Wine Stories – proceeds from which will be donated to the Pindari Womens Accomodation in Spring Hill Brisbane

which shelters some 940 women through out the year.


Each day nearly 1 in every 200 Australians is homeless, without safe, secure or affordable housing. 


Last year, 105 000 Australians experienced homelessness. 


One in every 154 Australians sought help from a homeless assistance service and one in every 39 children

aged under 4 slept in a homeless service. 


23% of Australia’s homeless are children 

Jessica said, “I could not think of a better time to launch a book to help the homeless than Anti-Poverty week when

one in 10 people are living below the poverty line.  Poverty and homelessness is EVERYONE’S problem – we all need

to do our bit to care for and support those less fortunate than ourselves.”  

Red Wine Stories is being launched to mark the start of Anti- Poverty week.

Jessica is an inspirational and captivating young Australian, whose story really shows us we can all make a

difference in the world. 

For information or to interview Jessica please contact Preetesh Morar 0414 596 709

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