PRESS RELEASE – Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia has observed with much horror recent increases in reported and unreported cases of rape; while we worry for the safety of woman and girls and offer support and counselling, we are concerned with the lack of action by public institutions mandated to counsel, investigate and ultimately bring to justice perpetrators of such heinous crimes against women and girls.
As a nation we have failed our women by not educating MEN NOT TO RAPE, instead we insists on telling women they must be careful, they must cover-up and they must not behave in a manner that leads to rape. This has resulted in victims of rape being further victimized by the very organisations and their employees who are to provide support to victims of rape.
Men rape because of the “I can get away with it” attitude, the weak judicial system, the society that sits pretty not making noise, men rape because of the way we bring up our male child, we do not teach men how to treat women with respect.
Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia calls on all to speak up when a father does not treat a mother right, speak up, when a brother does not treat his sister right; speak up, when a boyfriend does not treat his girlfriend right.
Hunger for power over the weaker sex is at the centre of why men rape, everyone loves power, so do rapists. Our message to men “if you truly wish to experience power, exercise power over yourself” as only the weak try and control others, the strong exercises self-control. Let us all raise our voices to stop rape.