PM Chastanet announces plans for sex offender registry

By CMC

PM Chastanet

(CMC) — St Lucia government has announced plans to establish a national sex offender registry.

“I think it is something that is generally accepted around the world and I think it is something in which the general public needs to be made aware of in terms of who is living in your neighbourhood and also even in terms of employers,” said Prime Minister Allen Chastanet.

“It is not to say that someone who was a previous sex offender should be alienated from our society. But it is just to put people on caution so that if somebody is employed, you don’t put them in a position in which they are going to be giving supervision over children or left alone,” he added.

Chastanet explained that the objective was not to deny people an opportunity to become an active part of the society.

“In many cases people say this is a disease more than anything else and we have to work in terms of helping everybody through this situation.

“So if you are going to hire somebody to take care of your children and they are a previous sex offender and you didn’t know that, think of how you would feel as a parent if your child was molested and it came out after the fact that people had already known or the state had already known and that information was not made available.”

Chastanet has called on members of the public to think of the sex offender registry not in general terms but also from a personal standpoint.

“I think that we would all agree that this is a mechanism that has worked and it is not to ostracise or prejudice anybody, but certainly to allow us to make clear decisions,” Chastanet said.

Meanwhile, the non-governmental organisation, Speak Out St Lucia (SOS) Tuesday expressed support for the initiative, noting that many individuals and groups, over the years, have highlighted the numerous cases of rape and child sexual abuse, which have caused grave concern and alarm.

“In the past years this situation has been highlighted even further with the use of social media, which has resulted in an acute sensitisation of the population which has led to the coming forward of many victims.”

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4 comments

  1. It would be an abuse of process if a crime was committed in a community and you would roundup certain people persistently. It would be profiling. Would you like to be rounded-up each time there was a crime that you were once an offender? I am sure there are easier ways for the police to go about solving crime, it should never be at the cost of violating rights as there are proper procedures that we ignore. I also don't see why persons should be raping others, and rape is a terrible crime however we must also recognize that there is a thin line in proving or disproving rape cases especially when consent is the issue bearing in mind that we lack the skills and equipment to convict people safely. I am just concerned there is a perception that we are trying to use the easier but more problematic solution whereas there are many other options available, and the obvious is to fix the justice system. An ineffective justice system may be precisely the reason why crime is rampant, yet we ignore that problem and look for an easier route which might land us in problems or marginalize certain sections of the public. Also rape carries a life imprisonment tariff so why isn't that used? Its not a violation of any right as it is the legislated sentence.

    There are many other concerns from a legal prospective and they could add up and render your legal system ineffective.

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    • Life imprisonement for rape lol my killa bordelais eh even have space you talking.

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    • I disagree. One needs to live with the consequences of their actions. If you attempt to sexually assault another human, then you have made a conscious decision to violate them on a fundamental level with no regard for the resulting impact on them and their loved ones. You get no "Get out of Jail" card. If you are profiled, then so be it, these are consequences of your actions.

      I believe you may be out of touch with the degree to which this issue has gotten out of hand. Given our "Lucian culture" of not dealing with our issues, rest assured that the only reason its making headlines now is because it's gotten to a level where it can no longer be ignored.

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