Port of Spain, Trinidad, March 28, 2016– In my capacity as Chairman of the Caribbean Committee Against Sex Crimes I would like to commend Prime Minister Kenny Anthony on his recent statements regarding the issue of rape.
Beyond a serious look at a “Sex offender List” the Prime Minister’s forward thinking suggestion of a dedicated unit set up in the police force to investigate rapes is to be lauded as brilliant. However based on my experience with Victims Advocacy working with the Organization for Abused and Battered Individuals here in Trinidad I would like to state that Victims Support for survivors of rape is key in helping them recover and become competent witnesses at trial The Caribbean Committee Against Sex Crimes is ready and willing to partner with the government of St. Lucia to assist in the implementation of the Sex Offender List/Registry , the dedicated unit in the Police Force and any other policies they see fit to bring to the table.
Please find below the handbook to the CARICOM Treaty for the establishment of Sex Offender Registries. This explains in detail the proposed policies of the Caribbean Committee Against Sex Crimes to reduce sex crimes such as rape and sexual assault in St. Lucia and across the Caribbean region. Also embedded in this press release is a link to a video discussing the policies of the Caribbean Committee Against Sex Crimes.
BY: Jonathan Bhagan
HANDBOOK TO THE CARICOM TREATY FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF PUBLIC SEX OFFENDER REGISTRIES February 27th 2016