About 30 people, mostly women, held a demonstration in front of Latte Stone Park Friday morning in support of the survivors of sexual assault.
They held signs saying “Our bodies are not yours to take” … “I was scarred” … and “Break the silence.”
The demonstration was sparked by the arrest and subsequent release of Port police officer Frank San Nicolas.
The two women who organized the demonstration have filed sexual assault complaints against San Nicolas. They asked not to be identified.
“We organized this gathering today, this peaceful gathering today, to support women who have been sexually assaulted and women who have pending cases open right now. We just want the community to know that we are here, and we want our voices to be heard. And we want to draw attention to sexual abuse on island. It’s extremely prevalent on Guam. And this is the way that we create change and we draw attention to the legal system that’s holding us back. And that makes it difficult for cases of sexual assault being charged,” one demonstrator said.
Port General Manager Rory Respicio told PNC that Officer San Nicolas “is not back to work and has been placed on administrative leave pending the Port’s internal affairs investigation.