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New Queen Highlights Need To Fight Sexual Assault

New Queen Highlights Need To Fight Sexual Assault
From Left: Digicel Duavata Northern Crime Prevention Carnival chairperson Satish Kumar, Digicel Duavata Northern Crime Prevention Queen Silika Baleinukuloa and chief guest Fiji Police Force chief operations officer Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Maretino Qiolevu during on July 7, 2018. Photo: Shratika Naidu
July 09
11:18 2018

Fear of being a victim of sexual assault is what pushed Miss Seaqaqa Silika Baleinukuloa to vye for Miss Digicel Duavata Northern Crime Prevention Carnival crown at Subrail Park in Labasa.

The newly-crowned queen from Niu­rua Village in Seaqaqa, Macuata Prov­ince, said she was confident she would win since her main focus was to advo­cate against sexual assault.

“I believe change can happen, even with one person standing out and mak­ing voice heard on sexual assault,” said the 19-year-old.

“To the people of Seaqaqa I want to say thank you and this crown is also for you. We may be a small part of Macu­ata Province, but I believe if we work together we can change the whole of Northern Division and bring an end to sexual assault.

“I would like to dedicate this win to my parents because they encouraged me to join this carnival as a contestant and supported me to achieve my goal,” the University of the South Pacific Labasa campus foundation science student said.

Meanwhile, the carnival committee chairperson Satish Kumar said during the eight days of carnival they man­aged to have a gross income of $101,980.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce


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