22 Jan 2008

Supreme Court judge in Samoa calls for law changes to punish male rape

4:47 pm on 22 January 2008

Samoa's Supreme Court judge, Vui Clarence Nelson, has called on parliament to consider a change to the law as there is no provision in existing legislation for male rape of another male.

His call came as he sentenced a 25-year old man on one count of sodomy and indecently assaulting of two boys under the age of 16 at the Olomanu rehabilitation center last year.

In his ruling Judge Vui says police evidence shows the defendant had used force but police could only charge him with sodomy.

The judge has also called for the government to look into providing a professional counselling service for convicted sexual offenders as some offenders are victims of sexual abuse.

The 25-year-old defendant told the court during trial that he was the victim of sexual abuse by members of his family.