MEDIA RELEASE

12 June 2014

STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

The Women and Children Crisis Centre (WCCC) is gravely concerned about the recent alleged rape that occurred in Sopu on the 11 June 2014.

In a news item released on the Matangi Tonga website, the Commissioner for Police, Grant O’ Fee said that this was unusual for Tonga and it is not the sort offending we get frequently.

The WCCC has recorded a steady increase of sexual violations being reported to the centre this year. “I think we’re just scratching the surface in terms of sexual violations, especially among women and girls – the incident that occurred yesterday was a grave violation of the victim’s human rights on so many levels, said ‘Ofa Guttenbeil-Likiliki, Director of the Women and Children Crisis Centre (WCCC).

Violence against women violates fundamental human rights and is an affront to women’s inherent human dignity. Physical, psychological, and sexual violence against women and girls, public and private, plagues all societies and classes and poses tremendous obstacles to the achievement of equality, development and peace.

Every single person in Tonga has an obligation to prevent and stop any form of violence against women and to prevent violence against women wherever it occurs, says Guttenbeil-Likiliki.

The WCCC urges anyone who may have information about the said incident to contact Police Inspector Taulango Tapueluelu of the Crimes Investigation Unit on 23083 or cell phone 841-4647 for any information that could help them locate the suspects.

 

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For further comments or information on this press release please contact the Director at director@tongawccc.org or telephone +676 22240

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