An Australian volunteer who was doing whatever volunteers do in PNG.
I was there for 2 years until Dec 2005 .. I hope I made the most of it.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Highlight Without Comment

A couple of related small stories have featured in the Post Courier newspaper over the last week. They tell of how there was an attempted rape of a female student at a major PNG educational institution.

The story plays out that a student came back from a dance late at night and was heading to her residence when she was dragged to a dark spot by a group of men. She managed to shout for assistance and the attackers ran away.

The post incident reaction from the institution, published in the Post-Courier, is what I want to highlight. Unfortunately the Post Courier has not put these stories on it's web site.

In the first story on Thursday the 14th of April the Post Courier said how the head of the institution told ...
the information he got from security was that the girl may have been under the influence of liquor after the dance.

In the second story on Tuesday the 19th of April the Post Courier states that the institution ...
blamed the incident on the carelessness by the female student.

and goes on to quote the security services saying ...
"Looking at the circumstances in the attempted rape incident that happened ... the female student was apparently drunk after returning from a nightclub in the early hours of the morning with her male counterparts".

If you have been reading this blog for a while you can probably work out what my opinion of this is. I wont be making any comment though for various reasons. Biting my tongue.