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Posted: Monday, December 23, 2019. 7:57 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: A chastened Senator Godwin Hulse rose at the end of today’s Senate meeting to correct the record on his views on gender-based violence.

He had made an unusual intervention following the arrest of his son, Kenzle Hulse, last week on harm charges, after an altercation with the mother of his daughter. That intervention earned great rebuke from a wide section of civil society.

First, speaking for his family, Hulse denounced the infamous post by Jumoke Castro, which he said he had not seen and first heard of when it was discussed on the adjournment of the House of Representatives on Friday last.

Castro threatened that he and other “entitled sons of Ministers”, mentioning the younger Hulse, would sexually assault the wife of Pastor Louis Wade, with whom he has a long-standing social media quarrel. He would later apologize in part for the post.

The elder Hulse clarified that his son is not on Facebook, and “had nothing to do with it, would never have had anything to do with it, and completely denounces and condemns such ignorant and vile statements. No one in this country, no matter whether you have a dispute or disagreement, is deserving of any such public or private comments.”

Of his family, Hulse said none of his sons or daughters have been taught to hit anyone or commit any kind of violence; not even to argue, which he called “an exchange of ignorance,” as opposed to regular discussions.

Hulse also denounced the various social media attacks on both his family and that of his accuser but said they would not respond in kind. He reminded that the parties, in this case, share a child, “the real victim,” who needs their love and support from both sides, and pledged to find “a way to work this out, away from the noise, public spotlight, and turmoil.”

The long-standing Senator also called on all leaders and society, including the press, to “find a way to promote positive messages and lessons; to guide our young people, boys and girls, and direct them away from any form of violence, towards resolution and consensus, in an amicable way, of any potential conflict which may arise.”

 

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