Samoa workshop finds that church and culture can help to prevent domestic violence

The Samoa Observer reports on a recent workshop where the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S) presented to a workshop on Youth and Sexual Violence.

“The church vision of targeting the youth is to use them as advocates so they can take what they learn from here, and take it out to the community and share what they have learned from this workshop.” Organiser  Ms. Fruean said that technology is changing faster than the ability of families and communities to absorb those changes.

“We can also say that our culture and tradition is one of the barriers to stop the youth from speaking out. In some cases, parents are committing sexual violence towards their children, but there is that saying of respecting our parents, so that can be a barrier to stop children from talking.”

Other speakers included Ministry of Health officials Selaupasene Ualesi and Fa’aifoasu Moala. From Police, Junior Tofilau and Henifa Bryce also spoke.  Detective Sergeant Junior Tofilau is a member of the Samoa Police DV Team.

His manager, Superintendent Sina Tafua, was attending a regional symposium in Nadi on the issues of Religion and Culture over the time of the Samoa workshop.

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