Changing the Lens in which we view violence can be a daunting task. Domestic and Sexual violence is prevalent in our community. Stories in the newspaper depict the many types of domestic, family and sexual violence in American Samoa. The Alliance works with partners in the community to eliminate violence, and our first approach was to ask our community what did they feel.
In 2017 the Alliance team asked key informants, “Does the Fa’a Samoa (Samoa Way) promote Domestic Violence?” One participant responded, “When we say Fa’aSamoa, Fa’aSamoa of when? Is it now? Or is it the time of the missionaries?? (2017). The picture attached is the picture of women who supported the Mau, a non-violent movement for Samoan independence from colonial rule during the first half of the 20th century. Domestic and Sexual Violence are result of oppression, cruel or unjust treatment, causing mental pressure or distress, and we recognize a movement, like the Mau, needs to happen to eliminate violence in American Samoa.
How will the Alliance measure success? I’ve read fixed mindsets are born with talent, or want to be seen as perfect. Growth mindset people have desire to learn, improve and develop. Predators of domestic & sexual violence prey on those with fixed mindsets. Victims continue to hide behind a veil of silence.
The Alliance believes in growth mindsets to change the lens in which we see domestic & sexual violence there needs to be authentic and real discussions for growth. We ask that you take the journey us as we continue a movement.