Norbert Williams, the former Communications Director of Zandoli International who was recently severed by the organization, has launched his own group to advocate on behalf of victims of sexual abuse, child molestation, incest and rape.
The new group is called – Speak Out Saint Lucia (SOS).
The management team includes Norbert Williams as Communications Officer, Angel Regis-Felix of Pennsylvania who has 20 years of telecommunications experience, and is also president of the Philadelphia Chapter of Women Entrepreneurs of America (WEA), Dalkeith “Dalla” Charlemagne of London, England – a National football player and regularly involved with the Saint Lucia UK community and Julietta Williams of Toronto Canada, a Former Brand Manager at Peter and Company, and a former employee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Saint Lucia.
Also included are Samantha Mathurin of Atlanta, Georgia – Former prosecutor at the office of the Attorney General in the US Virgin Islands also working with domestic violence victims and juvenile affairs and Vina Frederick, Castries, Saint Lucia, – Former journalist and mass communications specialist.
“It is critical that we continue the discussion of these crimes as they affect our people in many ways and the repercussions are many. Very often the victims suffer silence with a multitude of problems affecting their relationships, jobs, children, education, sanity, and other aspects of their lives,” Norbert Williams said in a statement to the media
He noted that for decades Saint Lucia has been plagued with the scourge of child molestation, rape, and incest.
Williams asserted that over the course of his advocacy against these crimes during the past two years, he has heard many stories from victims at home in St. Lucia and around the world.
“What has surprised me is the large number of these victims who now reside overseas and most claim they had to run out of St. Lucia because of shame, guilt, embarrassment, victimization, and threats from their perpetrators. Many lamented the poor state of the judicial system and the almost nonexistent support services available,” he observed.
Williams recalled that last week’s presentation of the petition for a Sex Offender Registry to the government of Saint Lucia s expresses the frustration and overwhelming concern of Saint Lucians from all walks of life with regards to these crimes.
“With so many rapes being reported in just the past few months, and the significant rise in statistics released by the Royal St. Lucia Police Force for sex crimes in 2015 we need every weapon in our arsenal of options to fight against these crimes,” he declared.