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People with disabilities are silent victims: PDF

07:02 Wed Feb 20, 2013


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Report by: Epeli Tukuwasa

Women with disabilities are highly likely to be silent victims of gender based violence says the Pacific Disability Forum.

That’s led the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre to run a two week training program to empower people with disabilities to speak up and fight for their rights.

According to the Forum, some don’t even realize they are being victimized because no one has told them of their rights.

Forum official Naomi Navoci says most people with disabilities are likely to suffer gender based violence but are too afraid to speak out.

“This happens because they have fear, they are not comfortable enough to come out and report the case and they think no one will believe them. The perpetrators could be someone within the family, can be the caregiver or someone within the community.”

This group is expected to lead the way in ensuring that people with disabilities no longer suffer in silence – even though many are marginalized by communities.

Navoci says it’s hoped that at the end of the training more unreported cases will be exposed and those who’ve been at the receiving end will feel confident enough to ask for help.



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