Following the comments made by MP for Tall Pines Leslie Miller in the House of Assembly on February 20, 2014 and the response (or lack thereof) by those present, we find this course of action necessary to:
- Inform the public of the pervasive and harmful effects of domestic violence in The Bahamas
- Sensitize the public to the issue of domestic violence in The Bahamas
- Ensure every student leaving the school system from 2015 onward is trained to safely and appropriately resolve conflicts by de-escalation and non-violent measures
- Prime Minister of The Bahamas
The Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, M.P.
- Mrs. Personal Asissitant
- Minister of Social Services & Community Developement
Min. Melanie Griffin
In response to the comments made by MP for Tall Pines Leslie Miller on February 20, 2014 in the House of Assembly, Bahamas Against Sexual Violence & Child Abuse (BASV&CA) finds the following course of action necessary:
That the Prime Minister of The Bahamas issue an official written and televised statement from the Government to:
- Denounce the comments made by MP for Tall Pines in the House of Assembly on February 20, 2014 which made the issue of domestic violence and violence against women a “joke”
- Denounce the response made by the Speaker of the House labelling it a "joke"
- Apologise for failure of all present to respond to MP for Tall Pines’ comments in the House of Assembly at the time, and the delay in making an official remark on the matter
- State the government's awareness of relevant statistics including:
(a) 45% of murders in the Bahamas over the last 20 years can be attributed to domestic violence.
(b) The Bahamas has the highest per capita rates of rape in the world.
- Commit to:
(a) Immediate mandatory sensitivity training for the Speaker of the House and all Members of Parliament
(b) Implementation of a conflict resolution and anti-harassment training program into the public and private school curriculum to begin in Fall 2014
(c) Funding a widely publicised campaign utilising daily newspapers, radio ads, television ads, and street art to:
- Increase public awareness the pervasive and harmful effects of domestic violence
- Advise the public of penalties for sexual harassment and assault
Implore victims and bystanders to report all instances of sexual harassment and assault
- Equip the public with necessary resources including the contact information for Crisis Centre
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