Citizens have been asked to be responsible in their actions and approach to victims of Hurricane Maria both in and out of shelters.
Behavior Change Therapist, Wendell De Leon, who was speaking at the daily press briefing on Tuesday October 10, 2017, stated that many women and children are made vulnerable after being victims of Maria.
He urged citizens and residents of shelters to be responsible by not adding to the trauma of these victims.
“So we are urging the people out there, to be responsible in your actions. We are all hurting in this, so you don’t want to put women, children, somebody wife, somebody’s daughter, somebody’s sister through that because they are in a place if vulnerability,” he added.
Issues surrounding the safety of persons in shelters also needs to be looked at closely, De Leon added saying, “Some of those shelters are not safe for women and children, because the individual that might be consuming the alcohol can then see those women and children as victims and this is a second time again that they are victims. They are already victims of Maria.”