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Paul Perez defended

By Taina Kami Enoka

Paul Perez defended The Samoa Victims Support Group (SVSG) is defending the appointment of Manu Samoa Sevens star Paul Perez to fight against domestic violence.

In 2009, the then Taranaki representative Perez appeared at the New Plymouth District Court to avoid a conviction after being found guilty of twice assaulting his pregnant partner.

Media reports confirm that the court case was discontinued as he was about to be deported to Samoa later that year.  Yesterday, SVG spokesperson, lawyer Gafatasi Patu said that Perez had volunteered to be the spokesperson.

Perez was selected for the Manu Samoa seven’s team squad, while playing for the Vaimoso rugby club. “We welcome anyone. We don’t discriminate, especially with those willing to help out,” Patu said, adding that Perez could become a role model. Asked ab

out his background, Patu said that everybody makes mistakes.

“Water doesn’t drown you,” he said.  Instead it’s a matter of using the assets to ones advantage.  Yes, Paul Perez stood on the other side of the spectrum but, Patu stressed, “SVSG indirectly provides support for people on that side of the spectrum as well.

“He’s remorseful and understands the course of actions.
“SVSG’s philosophy is to harness one’s strengths and develop them so that they become better people,” said the lawyer.

Patu said that once a person becomes a member of the SVSG, one becomes a “family member”, which is permanent.
“The more people we have promoting our fight, the more we are totally illuminating the issue.”

In a press conference held earlier this week announcing Mr Perez’s offer to front domestic violence, Manu Samoa Seven’s Coach, Stephen Betham, said a French team had tried to secure Mr Perez’s services but “Paul decided to stay back and help the SVSG and aims to be in the squad for the Wellington and Las Vegas legs of the IRB Sevens series in a few weeks”.

Mr Perez also advised those affected by domestic violence “if you know something speak up do not hide anything” and to the perpetrators “please you are hurting the people you love so you better stop it now,” he said.

 

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