2 Apr 2009

Leading US anti-violence organisation in American Samoa

11:22 am on 2 April 2009

In American Samoa, government agencies and community groups providing services for victims of sexual assault have been meeting with a leading US organisation that works in the field.

Three officials from the National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault or SCSESA are spending a week in the territory.

The group aims to help service providers, families and the community strengthen prevention of child and adult sexual assault and respond to victims of sexual crimes.

The Executive Director of SCSESA, Condencia Brade, says her organisations recognises that sexual assault is a community issue.

She says it is also important for the public to know that sexual assault is wrong.

"Sexual assault is sexual in nature, whether it be verbal or touching or rape that occurred without the person willing to consent wanting it to happen that it is wrong and that there are folks in this community who are on this island that are wanting to help, and so the coalition is here to raise the awareness as well as to respond to victims."

The Executive Director of SCSESA, Condencia Brade.