8 August 2012

Liberia: Gender Minister Wants Rapists Exposed

The Minister of Gender and Development, Madam Julia Duncan-Cassell, has made a call for rapists in the country to be exposed by those who have information about their (rapists) criminal deeds.

She made the call recently at the Ministry of Gender and Development in Monrovia, at a ceremony organized by her ministry for the Government of Liberia to make a US$50,000 donation to several women organizations to fight crimes in their various communities.

Madam Duncan-Cassell told representatives of the women organizations gathered at the ceremony: "If you find rapists in your communities, we need to know," adding that the women should photograph rapists found in their communities, and the Gender and Development Ministry will place such photographs on bill boards in the country.

Hear Madam Duncan-Cassell: "Keep them (rapists) out of your communities, keep them (rapists) out of your schools." She stressed that most times, those who carried out the act of rape against children are people who the children know, and are not strangers.

The Gender and Development Minister, who divulged that rape is on the increase in the country indicated, the Ministry will partner with the women organizations aimed at making sure that "we have a safe environment for our children, girls, women and boys to live or work in."

She disclosed that there are boys who are being abused, adding that rapists in the country are finding out now that their girls victims are been more conscious about the crime therefore, perpetrators of rape are resorting to victimizing boys children.

She used the occasion to caution members of the women groupings to make sure boys children in their communities are protected, adding that: "You have to make sure that your communities and environments are safe from gender-based violence and rape."

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