Grange deeply disturbed by video showing gender based violence

The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, CD, MP The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, CD, MP

Kingston, 11 April 2021 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has condemned a video showing a violent confrontation between a man and a woman which is being circulated on social media.

Minister Grange said she was “deeply disturbed” by the video and the allegation that a Member of Parliament was involved.

Minister Grange has discussed the video with the Minister of National Security, the Honourable Dr Horace Chang, who has asked the police to investigate the matter.

Minister Grange said:
“The Government is firmly against acts of violence. This video is deeply disturbing and completely unacceptable. We cannot condone any act of gender-based or family violence; we cannot turn a blind eye.

I keep saying that we can end the violence, but it requires all of us to end the violence; and that means that we each have a role to play in ending the violence. We have to intervene in what we know happens next door and we have to make a report.

We will continue with our anti-gender-based violence campaign as we have to develop a mindset and practice in Jamaica that there is no excuse for abuse.”

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I remain hopeful because of the giftedness of the Jamaican people; their warmth and creativity; their dynamism and indomitable spirit that have resulted in excellence in all sectors.

It is by tapping into the gifts and awakening the spirit of the Jamaican people that we will, by God’s grace, re-group, re-engineer and re-open to a brighter future with Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.

Olivia Grange

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