Pro rugby players reach out to island youth about violence
by Krystal Paco
Guam - Domestic violence is a problem around the world and at the same time organizations and agencies are pushing to break the silence to end the violence. Four professional rugby players from New Zealand stood before students at Okkodo High School to share their stories of domestic violence and how they gathered the courage to speak out.
Inspector Sunny Mallao said, "Half the program is working with the police the other half is working with non government organizations with faith based organizations and try to bring a whole community approach to domestic violence. We work with rugby players, high profile rugby players in the Pacific really to deliver the message the message that we send is break the silence end the violence."
Beginning their tour five years ago the New Zealand Police Department partnered with the rugby players to tour 20 countries in the Pacific in hopes of getting their message across.