Leaders must hold men accountable for male violence against women, says NGO

Leaders must hold men accountable for male violence against women, says NGO


PRESS RELEASE – Over the past months, weeks and days we have been horrified by the number of incidences of rape. These horrific acts appear deliberate and calculated to bring fear to the female population in light of the frequency and gruesomeness of the attacks.

The latest attacks where a young woman was violated in the presence of her infant and the kidnapping and a rape of a young woman has renewed concerns about the continuing violence towards women in Saint Lucia, regardless of their culture, race or class.

Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia Inc unequivocally condemns these violent acts, it is clear that violence against women knows no class or cultural boundaries and much work remains to be done.

We strongly urge all stakeholders i.e. the Media, RSLPF, Department of Human Services & Gender Relations, Women Support Shelter, Saint Lucia Red Cross Society, Saint Lucia Crisis Center and all NGO’s and religious institutions to step-up and condemn this behavior and stand firm with women in their struggles to end violence.

Although there have been some responses from community and country leaders condemning this form of violence, these attacks require a more comprehensive response. We all need to speak out against male violence and publicly condemn violence against women and hold men accountable.


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  1. Raise your voice why are you all so Naïve. You know everything in the country I'd directed by politics. What can NGO's do to help you on law enforcement and the justice system. Put the ball in the right court which is the government and cabinet of ministers.
    Ah! But is there a lurking handicap there? Will Dr. Anthony get full Cabinet and Senate support on issues of rape? Why cannot women ministers Hippolyte and Reynolds move full force in Parliament and say it as it is.

    You all would do better to ensure government, not NGO'S provide the police with all the resources to investigate crimes of rape. To get an offenders register you must get a conviction and before that make an arrest. To do that you must run a proper and successful investigation.

    Why are all the equipment to investigate rape locked down for so long now in a white elephant lab. The PM speak about serial rapists. Who give him that informstion.? We have not heard that from the police. Is this another death list thing like what the PM say he saw.

    Wake up 'Raise your Voice' and see the election bluffs. Don't be naïve. The new promisef dedicated unit and sex offenders registry will likely never materialize. Remember we in an election year.


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