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Min­is­ter for Youth and Sports Laise­nia Tuitubou told vil­lagers of Nukubolu Vil­lage in the prov­ince of Cakau­drove to con­demn do­mes­tic, child and sex­ual abuse in their com­mu­nity. This was high­lighted by Mr Tuitubou fol­low­ing the hand­ing over of sewing ma­chines to the vil­lage women’s club. “I want to re­mind you all of the im­por­tance to care for our women and our vul­ner­a­ble in so­ci­ety be­cause the need is now more ev­i­dent than ever,” Mr Tuitubou said.

“There is an alarm­ing rise in the preva­lence of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence cases as well as sex­ual as­sault cases around the coun­try which is why I urge you all not to con­done these types of is­sues and to look af­ter the well­be­ing of your loved ones.” He said youths needed to take the lead role in up­hold­ing and guar­an­tee­ing the safety of mem­bers of their com­mu­nity. “Our young men and women need to en­sure that our vul­ner­a­ble mem­bers of the com­mu­nity are kept safe from any type of abuse and I ask that you heed this call,” Mr Tuitubou said.

Pro­vin­cial ad­min­is­tra­tor Cakau­drove Josefa Rokonai shared sim­i­lar sen­ti­ments. “Our women and chil­dren are the weak­est in so­ci­ety and we need to take the nec­es­sary pre­cau­tions in en­sur­ing their safety be­cause do­mes­tic and sex­ual abuse is wide­spread through­out the coun­try,” Mr Rokonai said.

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