Sinn Féin MLA Karen Mullan is calling for greater political priority to be given to eliminating domestic and sexual violence.
The Foyle MLA was commenting after attending an ‘Open Day’ in Derry organised by NEXUS as part of Sexual Violence Awareness Week 2018.
Karen Mullan said:
“In today’s society men and women continue to suffer horrendous forms of sexual violence and abuse. This is a traumatic and emotional experience.
“The crimes of sexual violence and abuse have a devastating effect on the lives of its victims and their families.
“The inequalities and discrimination ithat create the context where people can be raped, beaten, trafficked and mutilated on a daily basis, must be challenged by everyone including political parties.
“Although sexual violence and abuse primarily affects women, we should acknowledge that they also affect men, non-binary people and especially children—girls and boys.
“So today, I stand with the victims, survivors and families affected by sexual violence and fully support the the campaign to Break the Silence.”