Olivia Grange knows what it means to be sexually and physically assaulted in public.
And as the minister for gender affairs, she is determined to put a stop to brazen attacks on women and girls.
Grange opened up to the congregation at Power of Faith Ministries International in Portmore, St Catherine, on Sunday, using her very personal experience as a young girl to rally vigorous resistance to sexual predation.
Addressing a commemorative church service marking International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women 2020, Grange also announced 16 days of activism, starting November 22, centred on heightening awareness and raising alarm against violence against women.
The minister said the Church, warts and all, was well positioned to help push back against attacks, even by its own members.
Grange’s nightmarish ordeal occurred when she was 15 years old, born and raised in west Kingston but attending school uptown.