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MDT to host Family Violence Forum for gubernatorial candidates next week

reporters@samoanews.com

The Multi-Disciplinary-Team (MDT) is hosting a Family Violence Forum with the territory’s Gubernatorial Candidates next week, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 at the Lee Auditorium.

Vice Chair of MDT, Ipu Avegalio Lefiti told Samoa News the purpose of this forum is to hear what potential future governors and lieutenant governors have to say about these issues that are growing way out of proportion in our own front yards.

She added these issues involve everyone and calls upon family members, lawmakers, church leaders, government and cultural leaders to attend this important forum. Lefiti is also seeking the attendance of the Department of Education, and private and faith-based teachers who “have our children in the palm of their hands, to join.”

MDT has confirmed that the gubernatorial candidates who will attend are Faoa Aitofele Sunia & Taufete’e John Taufete’e, Afoa Su’esu’e Lutu & Le’i Sonny Thompson, Save Tuitele & Tofoitaufa Sandra King-Young, Lolo Matalasi Moliga & Lemanu Peleti Mauga, and Salu Hunkin-Finau & Iuniasolua Savusa.

Lefiti stated that the objective of this forum is for the gubernatorial candidates to provide their point of view pertaining to sexual assaults, child abuse, domestic violence, (SORNA) Sex Offender Registration Notification Act and statutory rape.

MDT believes there is a massive increase in sexual cases for 2012 compared to the past years and that a majority of the cases on the rise are rape and sexual assault with the victims mostly minors, girls 16 years of age and under..

MDT advocates for victims of family violence have been working nonstop with their partners including the AG’s office, DHSS, DOE, ASBAR, LBJ-Social Services, and DYWA and other government and business agencies.

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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