‘Break the silence’ on domestic abuse
A METHODIST CLERIC is calling on Barbadians to take to the media and break the silence surrounding issues such as domestic abuse.
Reverend Dr Cuthbert Edwards, in his sermon at a service in the James Street Methodist Church yesterday commemorating the victims of the Campus Trendz tragedy of September 3, 2010, when six young women lost their lives, said it was time to stop excusing violence as this was resulting in more people becoming victims of violent crimes.
“All persons of conscience need to break the silence by expressing their views on the radio call-in programmes, writing articles in the newspaper, addressing the subject in their groups and organizations.
“I suspect many of the perpetrators are members of Christian churches and other religious organizations but they need to seek counselling . . . . On the other hand, the victims need to develop the courage to talk to someone and break the silence and help to eliminate this scourge of our society – they need to stand up for their rights and reclaim their dignity,” he said.