27 Mar 2009

CNMI needs to help sexual assault victims speak out, says NGO

5:59 pm on 27 March 2009

An NGO visiting the CNMI says both young and adult victims of sexual assault do not feel "safe" reporting their ordeal in the closely-knit community.

The National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault says that in the CNMI, sentences for those convicted can range from only a few days to a few years in prison.

The organisation, a US-based advocacy group, has been in Saipan to assess the services for victims of sexual assault.

It also aims to help craft strategies to end sexual assault in the CNMI and help get more funds for agencies dealing with the issue.

The NGO says the community has to do more so that victims of sexual assault feel it is safe to speak out.