A 22-year-old man arrested on Sunday night after allegedly abusing a woman in Hillview Park, Munroe Road, Chaguanas, has been charged and is expected to appear before a Chaguanas magistrate today.
The incident, part of which was streamed live on Facebook, was viewed more than 450,000 times on the Facebook page, Trio.tt.
And after broadcasting the incident, in an attempt to save the victim’s life, Vicky Rampersad said she would do it all over again if she had to.
According to Rampersad, while some questioned her actions, she chose to broadcast the incident only after contacting the police and ensuring the safety of the victim’s two children.
She said she was with a group when they initially saw the incident but they were unsure whether the attacker was armed. With the man continuing to abuse the victim viciously, Rampersad followed her instinct.
“He was kicking her in her face and as soon as we took out the phone he refrained from some of his actions,” Rampersad said in a telephone interview.
“When I heard that and I saw those children, I could not under no circumstances, stand up and see a woman in that condition, desperately crying out for help and not running to her assistance. What kind of human being would I be?”
According to the Trio.tt administrator, the victim was helpless and was seemingly in deep trouble. She wondered what would have happened to the woman if they were not around.
Regardless of the risks attached, Rampersad said she would not have stopped what she was doing.
“I would not have given up. I may have gotten damaged but I was not thinking about that. I was thinking about the safety of that woman for the sake of her children.
“It was very unfortunate to witness something like that but it is the reality of what is going on in society today,” the domestic violence survivor added.
Rampersad said she now intends to use her social media platform to assist the woman and her two children in any way possible.
She added that one of her purposes in life is to motivate women in whatever situation they are going through. Having survived abuse herself, she wants them to know that their lives are worth more than accepting abuse.
International Women’s Resource Network (IWRN) president Adriana Sandrine Isaac-Rattan meanwhile called for stricter laws to protect women.
According to Isaac-Rattan, the incident, as well as the recent stabbing of a Venezuelan national are worrying.
“It’s confirming more and more to us that a number of men in this society, who have been emotionally broken, use that false sense of power to inflict harm on women, and it’s something that we need to stop,” she said.
Domestic violence will only get worse in the coming weeks and months unless action is taken, Isaac-Rattan claimed.
While commending the work done by civil society groups and the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, she said there is a lot of room for improvement in the overall system.