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Behave so all may enjoy

Shalveen Chand
Friday, December 20, 2013

THE festive season is when crimes against women are at their highest.

And according to the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre, most are alcohol-related.

FWCC co-ordinator Shamima Ali said there was a need for men to behave, especially when under the influence of alcohol.

"We are already seeing people coming in to us regarding issues such as conflicts arising from alcohol consumption," Ms Ali said.

"If men choose to behave themselves and not be abusive, then we can all enjoy Christmas in its true spirit.

"There are other men out there who can help other men by educating them on the dos and don'ts of behaviour when under the influence."

Ms Ali said this was also a time when "monsters" preyed on young women who were out with their friends.

"This is also the time when we receive reports of young women whose drinks have been spiked.

"Young girls have woken up in strange places knowing that someone had done something to them, but not knowing how they got there in the first place.

"We understand that there are people who go out to enjoy themselves but there are also monsters lurking around ready to pounce on young unsuspecting victims."