Man Jailed for Sexually Assaulting 15-year-old Girl with a Disability

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Translated from files of Faa-Samoa. A 40 year old has been sentenced to serve four years and six months at Tanumalala Prison, after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a 15 year old girl with a disability.

The defendant was returning home from his plantation according to Police files, when he saw the young girl bathing in the village pools.

It was here at the village bathing pools that the man sexually assaulted the young victim.

Police say the victim is a family member of the defendant. According to Police, eight months had passed before the incident was reported.

A family member had finally brought the young victim into Police.

The Court expressed its disappointment at the reoccurrence of sexual abuse towards women and children, with the case being heard during the very week the country was observing the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence.

A National Inquiry into Family Violence [2018 NHRI] found almost nine in 10 Samoan women have experienced physical or emotional violence at the hands of family members, with six out of 10 experiencing intimate partner violence.

One in five women said they had been raped by a person known to them. The Inquiry revealed 33 per cent of women who are raped contemplate suicide, while 13 per cent attempt suicide.