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Posted: Monday, August 19, 2019. 4:26 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The National Women’s Commission issued a statement saying that it is dismayed by disrespectful and insensitive comments continuously made on social media pages following reports of gender-based violence.

“ It is unfortunate that such insensitive comments have become the norm in the aftermath of any reports of violence against women and girls be it sexual violence, online bullying, domestic violence, and even murder,” the commission says.

The National Women’s Commission says that such insensitive comments on social media are, however, merely a by-product of the social norms and inequities linked to broader issues of gender inequality and discrimination. It is merely a sample of what many women and girls experience within their homes, workplaces and communities on a daily basis.

The group says that individual attitudes, values and actions should never cause further violence on those who encounter abusive situations.

Speaking out, especially about sexual violence, requires great courage; insensitivity and judgement by the public simply adds further harm to the trauma victims already face by the crimes committed against them.

The group reminds all duty bearers -media houses, public officers, and organizations dealing with reports of violence of the “DO NO HARM” principle.

 “A person lies in the midst of all these cases of abuse and ‘newsworthiness’ or ‘sensationalization’ should never override respect for the life of the victims or survivors of abuse,” the statement expressed.

 

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