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Face domestic violence facts
Speaking at a gender seminar on Wednesday, Minister of Gender, Youth and Child Development Clifton De Coteau cited troubling statistics related to gender based violence in T&T. His lead figure was the prevalence of homicides resulting from incidents of domestic violence, which run second only to gang killings in the national tally of murder. In 2010, according to the Gender Minister, there were 940 reports of domestic violence 68.2 per cent of which were identified as assault by beating.
The incidence of rape, incest, grievous sexual assault and sex with minor females totalled 673, the majority being reports of rape and sex with underage girls. Gender-based violence, Mr De Coteau warned, “cuts across all cultures, races, religions and socio-economic levels with the majority of cases involving women and girls but which also affects men and boys.” The Gender Minister further noted that the data he was referencing didn’t describe the full extent of gender based violence and the prevalence of threats of such violence.
The information he shared provides a clear signal that the issues surrounding domestic and gender-based violence are both serious and pervasive enough to merit a national effort at mobilising solutions and building increased awareness.
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