Gender Relations Minister, Alvina Reynolds, has said that she is appalled that after all that has been said perpetrators continue to violate women an instill fear.
Reynolds was responding to reports of recent rapes on the Island.
Shee noted that education and sensitizing begin in the home and must continue.
“What do we teach our boys, how do we teach them to respect the rights of people not only women but people, how they behave with their own sisters girlfriends, wives, their own children?”
The Minister, who is also responsible for health, asserted that what is done in the home spirals out of control into the whole society, resulting in women being in fear and not feeling comfortable going to work, engaging in leisure and doing the basic things that men do.
Reynolds revealed plans for a consultation to put together recommendations on the way forward.
She recalled having proposed the use of pepper spray.
“ I am looking at karate classes, self defence. We are going to put some of these on the table for us women in the society,” Reynolds declared.
She asserted that the Police, the Department of Human Services and the Ministry of Health alone cannot contain the problem.
“It is a call for all organizations, agencies and groups, churches and NGO’s to rally and men’s clubs wherever they socialize to add voices to see how they can change the behavior of perpetrators,” the Minister said.