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MP Questions Child Safety In Church

Opposition shadow Minister for Defence Mosese Bulitavo last week questioned children’s safety within the churches in Fiji. The issue came to light after MP Bulitavo questioned Seventh-Day Adventist Church associate
26 Jun 2016 08:43
MP Questions Child Safety In Church

Opposition shadow Minister for Defence Mosese Bulitavo last week questioned children’s safety within the churches in Fiji.

The issue came to light after MP Bulitavo questioned Seventh-Day Adventist Church associate general secretary Fifita Vatulesi after he made submissions on the Hague Convention 1996 before the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence in Parliament.

He said the church mentioned in their presentation that church was a safe place for children but most children had been victims of abuse even in homes, schools and the church.

The outspoken MP said that the church was no longer safe for children which also included schools and their homes of church members.

Mr Vatulesi said the church seriously considered its responsibility to minimise the risk for child sexual abuse and violence against children in the congregational setting.

He said church leaders and members must live by a strict code of ethics that precluded even the appearance of evil as regards the exploitation of minors for the gratification of adult desires.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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