Rights group concerned by increase in sexual crimes

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Rights group concerned by increase in sexual crimes

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Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia said it is appalled and horrified at the surge of violent sexual crimes against women and girls, perpetrated by what they described as “aggressive and sadistic males.”

“We condemn in the strongest of terms, the rape of our sisters, who were violated in the sanctity of their homes,” referring to the two young females who were gang-raped in Rodney Bay on Monday.

The organisation said in a statement issued today, “We call the entire society to be intolerant of all forms of sexual violation, whether in the home, the workplace, or in the public.”

Raise Your Voice is also calling on the government to put the safety of women at the very top of their priority list and to ensure that more resources are made available to agencies to fight this issue.

“Recent incidents are an indication that there is no fear in the minds of those who forcefully invade the homes of and violate women in general; that they will be caught and prosecuted,” the organisation noted.

It also believes that violators are aware of the weaknesses in the justice system including the police’s alleged in-ability to investigate and solve sex crimes, due to the lack of resources available to them.

It was further stated that too many cases have gone unreported because victims lack confidence in the justice system, while too many cases are waiting to be processed, and many more are left unsolved.

“Raise Your Voice calls on all “men” to stand up in unity and raise their voices and condemn the actions of those who are committing those heinous crimes against women and girls,” it added.

The organisation is planning a march for November 25 starting at 2:00 p.m. to call on policy makers to provide the necessary training, equipment, personnel and facilities to achieve a reduction of sex crimes.

The march will coincide with observances for International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Details of the march will be announced at a later date.

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  1. Enough is enough. Enough of those stupid matches and calls for intolerance. You hear nothing about all these groups. Their existence is only know after something bad happens. St Lucians lack the sense of being proactive. What have these matches done to reduce sex crimes. Why don't these groups start by being their brother's and sister's keepers. When you're out late at night and you see a very young girl in the company of a group of older guys, why don't you stop and say something. Instead you take the approach that it is not your business. When women decide to walk all alone on the beach or you hear the screams or commotion next door, you peep through your window so that you can have something to gossip about instead of investigating or calling the attention of others or the authorities to investigate. All we do is talk and talk, organise march after march and go on talk shows to show we are doing something. But are we really?

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  2. "Raise Your Voice is also calling on the government to put the safety of women at the very top of their priority list and to ensure that more resources are made available to agencies to fight this issue.

    “Recent incidents are an indication that there is no fear in the minds of those who forcefully invade the homes of and violate women in general; that they will be caught and prosecuted,” the organisation noted.

    It also believes that violators are aware of the weaknesses in the justice system including the police’s alleged in-ability to investigate and solve sex crimes, due to the lack of resources available to them.

    It was further stated that too many cases have gone unreported because victims lack confidence in the justice system, while too many cases are waiting to be processed, and many more are left unsolved."

    IS THIS JUST A PROBLEM OF SEX CRIMES???????

    AS YOU CAN SEE WOMEN ARE AFFECTED BY SEX CRIMES, YOUNG MALES ARE AFFECTED BY VIOLENCE, CHILDREN ARE AFFECTED BY CHILD ABUSE & PORNOGRAPHY, THE ELDERLY ARE AFFECTED BY VIOLENCE RAPE AND ROBBERY. WHATS THE COMMON PROBLEM THAT IS LACKING A SOLUTION? THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. AND JUST WHO WILL FIX IT ?

    NOBODY. NOT LA CORBINIERE FOR SURE. THIS MAN SHOULD BE FIRED.

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  3. only now yall wanna be "concerned" at the start of the year they were countless reports of rape in the north of the island. what was done about it then???? sometimes we react instead of takin action before hand.

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    • No the problem is that its getting close to home now... sad man but we have to wake up folks because the times are changing and there is a strong possibility it my not be locals doing these type of crimes but I wouldn't wish this on anyone its sick, its frightening, its really really disturbing people..... we need to get these rapes solved right away... we need good investigators, better police force which is ready to start doing their jobs because these criminals are on a roll ... a really bad roll

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