Response to Rufus Berry on Gender Ministry’s Handling of MTM Rape Saga

first_imgDear Editor,My attention was brought to a callously irresponsible and reckless accusation made in an article written in the Liberian Observer by Rufus Berry on October 16th  titled: “Bystanders Katie Meyler (More Than Me CEO), Ministries of Education and Gender are Just as Guilty as the Molesters.” In that article Berry suggested that as the Minister of Gender, I was “a bystander” during the rapes at the More Than Me Foundation.Berry wrote this article out of either mischief, spite, or the combination of both. What the lazy-minded critics like Berry and others forgot to realize, was that when the incident at MTM occurred in 2014, the country was in the throes of the devastating Ebola epidemic. As Minister of Gender at the time, my responsibility included, but was not limited to liaising with our foreign partners, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Committee of the Red Cross (IRC) and other NGOs to provide the emotional, psychological, and psychosocial support to our women who bore the brunt of that epidemic… up to 75 percent of the Ebola deaths were females.Even in the midst of this human catastrophe, our caseworkers investigated the More Than Me rapes, the victims identified and were provided welfare relief services. A complaint was made to the line agencies, the National Police Force and the Ministry of Justice, which led to the arrest of the predator. Of course, Rufus Berry wouldn’t know that, because the cowardly Berry did an Ebola Run; he fled Liberia to the safety of the US during the Ebola epidemic; additionally, a casual research on his part would have educated Mr. Berry to the statutory responsibilities and functions of the Ministry of Gender; that the Ministry of Gender does not have the power to arrest or prosecute child predators. The Ministry of Gender and Child Protection works in conjunction with other line government agencies such as the Ministry of Justice, the National Police Force, Ministry of Health, etcetera.If Berry is so interested in expanding the functions of the Ministry of Gender and Child Protection, this is an opportunity for him to petition his senators and representatives to give more powers to the aforesaid agency, instead of launching attacks out of ignorance.RegardsJulia Duncan-CassellShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more