NAURU GOVERNMENT IS COVERING UP RAPE CASES AND INTIMIDATING NAURU WOMEN

PRESS RELEASE
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> NAURU GOVERNMENT IS COVERING UP RAPE CASES AND INTIMIDATING NAURU WOMEN
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> The Refugee Action Coalition has condemned the Nauru government’s
> public release of a Nauruan police brief of a rape case highlighted on
> the ABC’s 7.30 program last month.
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> “The Nauru government’s press release is a shocking attempt to
> intimidate women refugees on Nauru. To publicly release this woman’s
> name has not only revealed the government’s contempt of her basic
> right to privacy, but it has also put her at risk of retribution,”
> said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.
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> “It is the worst kind of a blame-the-victim mentality passing as an
> official response and a scandalous attempt to cover-up the scale of
> sexual assault and rape on Nauru and the general inaction of the
> Nauruan authorities in such cases,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for
> the Refugee Action Coalition.
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> “The fact is that are three well-documented allegations of brutal
> rapes on Nauru since May this year. In none of those cases has there
> been any proper police investigation. In one of the cases, in May, the
> police took four days to even admit there had been a sexual assault.
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> “Numerous other allegations of sexual assault have not been
> investigated by the Nauru police. But we are expected to believe this
> particular allegation has been properly investigated. It is too
> convenient. Coming just a day after another alleged rape victim was
> flown off Nauru, the report has all the hallmarks of an orchestrated
> media campaign.
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> “The release of police report simply confirms that a complete lack of
> sensitivity to sexual assault at the highest levels of the Nauru
> government. It is no wonder that the police do not take the
> allegations seriously.
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> “The police report uses tainted assumptions such as lack of torn
> clothing or lack of abrasions as being lack of evidence of rape. Even
> at a basic level, tearing off clothes does not mean that clothes are
> torn.
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> “We know from the Moss inquiry and the Senate inquiry that the police
> are not responsive to allegations of sexual abuse. The Nauru
> government is desperate to cover-up the epidemic levels of sexual
> violence on Nauru and its inability and unwillingness to take measure
> to provide basic security for the refugees in Nauru.
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> “The police and the government owe this woman and the women of Nauru
> an apology.”
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> For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713