Disruptive Voices of the Pacific is a podcast that seeks to disrupt the silence around taboo issues, especially those of abuse & porn. There is a crises in the Islands. 2 in 3 women are abused and yet Church attendance is the highest in the world. As Christians, we are called to speak and act against oppression and injustice. The church is called to be part of the solution not the problem.
This podcast will seek to hear stories from survivors and perpetrators. We will hear from those who are on the front line addressing the problems. We will hear from leaders. Get ready to be disrupted and then to disrupt.
In this episode Letitia talks with Hennah Joku, a high profile journalist in Papua New Guinea. Hennah was raped and knocked unconscious by her former partner. After a 5 year journey seeking justice he was finally sentenced to prison in May 2023 for 11 years. Hennah is passionate about speaking up and changing a system that so often works against the victim.
Are you looking for a tool that ensures your safety? Or helps you gather evidence against your abuser? Or helps you to report that person who has been sexually harassing you at work? Samson Selladurai along with his twin brother Giftson has developed a global app to help keep women safe. In this interview Samson talks about the features on the I Am Safe app and how it is an important tool in the hands of women.
Minister for Women, Children & Social Protection Lynda Tabuya talks with Letitia about the important role the church can play in ending violence. Recently the government launched the National Action Plan to Prevent Violence against all Women & Girls. This is a plan in which the whole nation needs to get involved in for there to be real change and especially the church, they are a key.
In this interview with Ps. Samisoni Cakau, he talks about the importance of leaders getting help with their struggles and also being honest about real life issues. Ps Sami shares about his own struggle with porn and how bringing it into the open not only set him free, but many others as well. Healthy leaders create healthy churches that create healthy cities.
I have been surveying Fijians regarding what they were taught by their parents or church about sex, dating and marriage and whether that has helped them or not. In this episode I share some of the results from this survey as well as interviewing Talei on her experience around this issue as a young women growing up in Fiji.
In this episode of Disruptive Voices of the Pacific, Letitia interviews Pastor Tiko. He is not only a father to his own sons, but also to many young men in Fiji. Ps. Tiko talks about what he has learned along the journey of raising sons to be honourable men who protect their families and communities.
Our first interview of Disruptive Voices of the Pacific for 2023 is with Lola. It’s a painful story of affairs and infidelity. Unfortunately these stories are all too common. Lola speaks up to warn others of the red flags and the destruction that unfaithfulness in marriage causes. Lola has found support, help and hope.
It’s time to hear from a former perpetrator! We have heard the stories of a number of survivors of abuse, but in Disruptive Voices of the Pacific it’s time to hear the story of a former perpetrator of abuse. Thank you Turaki for your courage to share about your past. Thank goodness there is hope in Jesus for those who repent and change their ways.
Have You Spoken to your Children about the Harms of Porn? In this episode you will hear an interview that Letitia did with Wise in 2020. At the age of 13 he was exposed to porn. No one in his life had ever warned him about porn and the damage it can do. That silence led him down a very dark path. Let’s not be silent! As adults we must educate ourselves on the harms and how to speak to the children in our life about porn. www.defendyoungminds.com is a brilliant resource to help you in this important discussion.
“Are We Listening to the Pain?” Our communities are full of pain. Are we willing to listen to the pain in order for healing to come? The book of Lamentations is 5 chapters on the destruction of a city. God gives voice to the grief and suffering of a city and He calls us to do the same. This episode of Disruptive Voices of the Pacific is another powerful story of abuse from Amelia. Let’s hear the cry and ask God what can we do to see an end to abuse?
For over 10 years Pastor Maca Tabuya endured severe abuse from a man in her home. Today she still suffers from injuries from that abuse. In Disruptive Voices of the Pacific Maca shares her story in order to challenge the church to disrupt its silence, and to create spaces where people can be healed.
How Not to Marry an Abuser. In this episode of Disruptive Voices of the Pacific, Father of 4 and pastor, Moses OConner shares how he has taught his two girls how to watch guys closely before getting into a relationship. He also talks about some of the red flags to look for and then challenges guys to become men through finding godly male mentors.
Can women lead and speak in the church? Daniel is a local pastor in Fiji who has women preaching and leading regularly. In this episode of Disruptive Voices of the Pacific we discuss his biblical basis for this, what is added to the church when women lead and how having women in leadership is an important part of seeing an end to abuse.
In this episode of Disruptive Voices of the Pacific, Letitia interviews Mere who suddenly faced the devastation of her husband leaving her for another women. Mere talks openly of how she has made it through one of the toughest times of her life. (Mere's voice has been disguised to preserve anonymity)
In this episode of Disruptive Voices of the Pacific, Letitia interviews former police officer Linieta Navonu. She served in the police for for 35 years and 20 of those years were in the child abuse and sexual assault services. Linieta shares heartbreaking stories, we discuss sex trafficking in Fiji and also Breaking the Silence.