25 Mar 2010

American Samoa ngo welcomes legislation against stalking

9:25 am on 25 March 2010

An American Samoan non-governmental organisation is applauding the territory's move to sign into law legislation that criminalises stalking.

The governor has signed the bill into law this month and it'll come into effect in two months.

The executive director of the American Samoa Alliance Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, Alu Iuli, is thrilled.

"I believe that it's certainly a step forward for any area in the Pacific considering violence. We really need to be moving into a time of more discussion and dialogue as to the type of violence that actually exists in our islands."

Alu Iuli says stalking needs to be clearly defined and addressed.