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Let’s End Domestic Violence

The strong must look out for those who are weaker and less powerful, not abuse and exploit them, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. He was making a plea to end
11 Dec 2015 10:02
Let’s End Domestic Violence
The strong must look out for those who are weaker and less powerful, not abuse and exploit them, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

He was making a plea to end domestic violence and sexual assault in our society during the disbursement of Micro Small Business Grants to the recipients at Ratu Cakobau Park yesterday.

He said: “It is time we start taking more preventive measures in our communities to protect our most vulnerable groups – our women and children – from violence.”

He said it was an issue that was very important to him personally because it got to the very heart of what kind of people we were and what kind of people we are expected to be.

“When we allow violence to persist in our most intimate settings, such as our homes, that creates an infection of destructive behaviour that spreads throughout our society, and it is our collective responsibility to prevent that from happening.”

Currently, he said, there was zero-tolerance in Fiji’s legal system for sexual assaults and domestic violence.

“However, we need create a culture that condemns these sorts of crimes before they take place.”

He said they could not talk about creating a better future for families without talking about something that was tearing their families apart and creating so much suffering where there should be love and support.

Edited by: Manasa Kalouniviti

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