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Thursday, May 25, 2006 

Grenada government promises tough stance against violence against women.
May 25th, 2006

The Grenada government Wednesday warned it was prepared to adopt a tough stance against persons involved in violence against women on the island.

Social Development Minister Yolande Bain Horsford said the Keith Mitchell administration would be closely monitoring reports of abuse against women, children and other vulnerable persons and urged victims of abuse to report the matter promptly to the police.

Ms Horsford said her Ministry was taking all reports of abuse seriously and warned that anyone violating the laws and abusing others in society would be dealt with.

"It does not matter who you are, who your parents are or even your friends, if you commit acts of violence of abuse against others you will be dealt with. I have asked my team in the Ministry of Social Development to give priority to reports of abuse and to treat the victims with empathy and confidentiality."

"It is unfortunate that some women and children in our society feel afraid or ashamed to report abuse, many of them feel this way because they believe that their case will not be handled professionally," she said.

"It is time that we break this cycle where unprofessional behaviour provides a cover for sexual predators and violent individuals. Women and children must not be afraid to speak out. Those of us in positions of authority and influence must not use our position to take advantage of vulnerable persons," she added.


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