COMMUNITIES MUST NOT TOLERATE GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE: POLICE

Police Commissioner, Frank Prendergast from Australia. Photo credit: SIBC.

Police Commissioner, Frank Prendergast from Australia. Photo credit: SIBC.

Police Commissioner Frank Prendergast said communities in the Solomon Islands must take a strong stand against gender-based violence.

Speaking at his weekly press conference last week, Mr Prendagast said the prevalence of sexual offences in the country is a concern as shown by recent surveys.

He said like family violence, sexual offences are an issue communities in the country must not tolerate.

He says while the police will continue to work with communities, a broader issue remains, which is finding out why these offences have occurred.

“But there’s a broader issue here as to why do these offences occur, what are the attitudes that led to these offences and I think there’s a lot of factors involved and I think, you know one of the factors we need to get to grips with here is the responsible use of alcohol and the impact that the misuse of alcohol has in some of these both family violence and gender-based violence.”

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