The executive director of the premier social service arm in the CNMI expressed hope yesterday that there will be an end to all the violence and abuse issues in the CNMI.
Angie V. Guerrero of Karidat Social Services said that violence, abuse, and burglary cases are on the rise during the holidays and the beginning of the school year due to the financial stress it gives people.
But Guerrero noted that victims of domestic violence coming out in the open is an upshot of the awareness campaign against it.
“We’re doing more awareness campaign, giving people the courage to come out. It’s unfortunate but it shows that people feel they’re protected, that there are agencies and organizations that could help them come out of this situation,” she explained.
Guerrero also noted that burglary cases have now affected churches, which were unheard of in the past. “Is our economy that bad that people turn to stealing?” she asked.
Notwithstanding these issues, Guerrero said, “There is still something good in the community…good deeds among community members is a very good sign.”
When asked about her wish for the holidays, Guerrero said: Good health, prosperity for the new year ahead, and unity and peace among people.
“I wish people the best of everything,” she added.