5 Apr 2010

Samoa judge calls for facility for sex crime victims

2:14 pm on 5 April 2010

A Samoan Supreme Court judge, Vui Clarence Nelson, has called for the authorities to consider building a facility to shelter victims of sexual crimes.

He made the call when he sentenced two men for raping an eight-year old girl.

One of them was sentenced to ten years while the other was jailed for three years after they pleaded guilty to raping the child last January.

Justice Vui says given the increasing number sex crimes involving young victims the time has come for the appropriate authorities to consider setting up a refuge for the victims.

He has also commended the Samoa Victim Support Group for its efforts to care for victims of sexual crimes.