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Felix Chaudhary
Friday, May 16, 2014

THE Fiji Women's Crisis Centre says it is appalled by the welcome given to convicted sex offender Epeli Ratabacaca by the All Nations Christian Fellowship and its congregation.

Ratabacaca was convicted of sexually assaulting a woman who had approached him for counselling in 2011 and was sentenced to two years imprisonment in 2012.

"The fact that this convicted sex offender has been welcomed back with open arms into the church and is allowed to preach is appalling and shows an absolute lack of sensitivity towards the victim of his assault, as well as to all women who experience sexual assaults," said centre co-ordinator Shamima Ali.

"Ratabacaca has not expressed any remorse.

"Instead, according to press reports of his sermon, he was urging the congregation to move on and not dwell in the past.

"What about the victim of his attack? Will she really be able to move on and not dwell in the past? Does Ratabacaca not have any consideration for the impact of his actions on the woman he assaulted?"

When contacted by this newspaper yesterday, a member of the All Nations Christian Fellowship said they would not be making any comments about Ratabacaca being embraced back as a church minister.

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