Thursday 3 December, 2020

Caribbean Human Rights body condemns attack on Venezuelan teen

The Caribbean Centre for Human Rights (CCHR) has issued a statement strongly condemning the assault of a Venezuelan teen on Tuesday.

It said: “Violence against women and girls is a grave violation of human rights and should never be tolerated. It has deep consequences for society as a whole as it limits the participation of women in society due to the fear and insecurity that these acts engender.”

The CCHR also praised the swift work of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) in identifying and detaining two of the alleged suspects involved in the attack, one of whom is said to be a police officer.

The CCHR said it is also disturbed by some of the responses that have emerged as a consequence of the assault.

According to the release: “Some of the commentary seemed to suggest that she may be to blame by placing herself in a situation that caused her to be assaulted. This is unacceptable. Victim blaming removes the absolute responsibility from the perpetrator who is fully to blame for their actions.

At no time should a victim of gender-based violence be blamed for such acts against them.”

CCHR issued a reminder that "the vast majority of Venezuelans in Trinidad and Tobago are already in a deeply vulnerable situation having been forced to flee a humanitarian crisis in their homeland."

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