-Over Alleged Sexual Exploitation At MTM
By R. Joyclyn Wea
A Human Rights group under the banner, Concerned Liberians Against Sexual Violence has issued a 72-hour ultimatum to the Government of Liberia to make public, date for the retrial of the statutory rape case allegedly linking “More Than Me,” an American charity in 2014.
The group said this is being requested because the original trial ended in a hung jury.
The group has threatened to file a lawsuit through the ECOWAS Court of Justice against the Liberian Government if she fails to serve these children justice, or fails to provide legal results with key interest to the law.
“We also request that Michelle Spade, the nurse, Iris Mator, and the More Than Me board members be subpoenaed to testify to their knowledge of the events at the trial,” Titus Pakalah, Jr concerned Liberian against sexual violence.
The group said the MTM alleged abuse of girls is said to be the most disastrous scandal in Liberia’s history, which an American, Katie Meyler, due to her gross negligence, allowed children at the academy to be allegedly raped and badly infected with HIV in 2014.
Accordingly, the group indicated that the case that involves the abuse of these children’s rights at the More Than Me Academy should be taken seriously and legal actions must be taken against all rape-related circumstances that the government has failed to profoundly investigate, which is leading the country to a massive culture of impunity and national failure to combat sexual violence.
The group recommended that the Ministry of Justice confiscates the accounts of Katie Meyler, disallow her from leaving the country (even though she had left) and have full control over the well-being of these children until she is fully investigated.
This according to the group is to avoid Meyler disappearance from Liberia after reportedly damaging the lives of more than ten Liberian children.
“Katie Meyler action is not only regarded as evil, but a violation against the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 5, which states that “no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment or punishment”.
The group further said the action further violates the rights to child protection and education, the United Nations Convention on the rights of the child, Article 2, and several international laws that promote the rights of children.
Additionally, the group asked every Liberian, from the ghettos of west point to the slum of Clara Town, mothers, sisters, motorists, and all advocacy groups to assemble at the YMCA in Monrovia on Monday, October 22, 2018 at 8:00am, for a peaceful march for justice, because they believe that for too long Liberians have suffered the ‘devilish deeds of Katie Meyler’ and that the rights of children have been downplayed, and that this act is “More Than Raped.”