Mayaro MP: No one is immune to domestic violence
No one is immune to domestic violence, said Mayaro MP Rushton Paray.
Paray and others within the Mayaro area held a walk over the weekend to highlight awareness about domestic violence.
Paray said that both women and men can be victims of domestic violence and that the issue is one which concerns all.
"Domestic Violence starts with the word SHUT UP. It happens to everyone - no class, no religion, no social standing is immune to the scourge of Domestic Violence."
"Abusers become the dominant partner in the relationship and starts to control every aspect of life. They seduce and charm the victim. They profess their undying love and that only them can love the other partner in a meaningful way."
"They then isolate their partner. They are brainwashed into believing that they cannot reach out to any friends or family for help."
"They then introduce the threat of violence and violence begins," Paray said.
(Paray walks alongside citizens in the Mayaro area.)
Paray said often, victims of domestic abuse are not aware that they are victims.
"Ladies and Gentlemen, you are not unique or alone in these situations. According to the WHO , 1 in 3 women are victims of Domestic Violence and 4 in 10 men suffer the same fate."
"But why do the abused stay? They stay because they don't know they are being abused. The PTSD and trauma prevents them from acknowledging the violence against them."
"Why don't the abused leave, just walk out? In the minds of the abused, it is dangerous to leave. 70 percent of killings happen after the relationship has ended. When you leave, the abuser has nothing left to lose."
Paray commended Roxanne Omalo and her team who arranged the march.
"I wish to commend Roxanne Omalo and her team for taking the initiative to break the Silence this morning. Abuse is nurtured in silence . As a caring and loving community, we have to break the silence."
"Today, the constituents of Mayaro have shone a spotlight by taking a stance to stamp out the evil that is Violence in the home. I urge everyone to report instances of Domestic Violence when you see it or hear it."
"Always remember that victims sometimes cannot do it for themselves," he said.
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