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Today's forum gives Congressional candidates opportunity to address domestic violence
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Multi-Discipline Team taking full advantage of election season

The Amerika Samoa-Multi-Discipline-Team (MDT) in their active campaign to break the silence and heighten the awareness for all aspects of family violence in American Samoa is taking full advantage of the 2012 Election period, as today they are hosting the second forum on family violence, this time with the Congressional Candidates.

Vice Chair for MDT, Ipu Avegalio-Lefiti said the candidates who are  confirmed to attend this forum are Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, Rosie Fualaau Tago Lancaster, Aumua Amata, Kereti Mata'uti'a Jr, and Fatumalala Leuluaiali'i Atualevao Al-Shehri.

According to Lefiti, the first family violence forum was held with the gubernatorial candidates, and was a first in American Samoa’s history, where those present witnessed and heard taboo and sensitive family censored subjects on sexual violence, abuse, pornography and elderly abuse being discussed in an open forum and filmed for public awareness.

Lefiti noted that gubernatorial Candidates; traditional leaders, attorneys, military, educators, generational and gender issues had transcended the cultural and religious gaps, and single mindedly focused on Family Violence issues during the initial family violence forum.

She added that during  this second forum, the audience will be given the opportunity to question the congressional candidates.

The Multi-Disciplinary-Team's public forum with the congressional candidates will be held at the Lee Auditorium today at 9:00am.

The MDT invites our lawmakers, community, church and cultural leaders to attend. “We especially invite our young people to participate. Most all of the reported sexual abuse and domestic violence involves their generation” says Lefiti.

MDT MISSION

The Multi-Disciplinary Response Team (MDRT) is dedicated to minimizing the trauma to victims of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault by creating protocols and policies that will unite various government agencies and non-governmental agencies in American Samoa in their efforts to protect, intervene, educate, investigate, and prosecute these types of crimes.



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