S.O.S on SLP sex offender registry pledge

S.O.S on SLP sex offender registry pledge

Castries, Saint Lucia, – June 2, 2016 –  Speak Out St. Lucia notes with cautious optimism pronouncements made by the St. Lucia Labour Party (S.L.P) in their 2016 Manifesto for the establishment of a Sex Offender Registry.

S.O.S believes that victims should not be lulled into a false sense of security by statements made on political platforms when similar statements have been made in the past with no actions taken.

Moreover, Speak Out Saint Lucia recalls statements made by former National Security Minister, Victor Philip LaCorbiniere, who opposed a Sex Offender Registry.

Speak Out St. Lucia notes the absence of time frames and any detailed information on the implementation of the Sex Offender Registry.

As has been mentioned in the past, a Sex Offender Registry can only be meaningful if the Judicial System functions effectively.

Additionally, of critical significance is an accredited and functional Forensics Laboratory.

As has been stated on previous occasions, a functional judicial system must be in place to facilitate the effectiveness of a Sex Offender Registry.

The investigation, arrest, prosecution, and conviction of perpetrators must all occur before the Registry can effectively play its part.

Victims will no longer be comforted by gross generalizations and regurgitations of the past since there has been no reliable track record of actions taken to deal with issues affecting women and children.

Statements made during elections campaigns have no more credibility than those made at any other time of the year. In fact, those made during this time are subject to even more scrutiny.

We also note that the other Political Parties have failed to articulate any concrete plans for a Sex Offender Registry, or for that matter any substantive plans to deal with issues affecting women and children.

Speak Out St. Lucia’s only concern is the welfare of citizens, and calls for conclusive plans with reasonable time frames in the mitigation of crimes perpetrated against them.

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4 Comments

  1. Sad-But-True
    June 2, 2016 at 12:03 pm Reply

    I am an SLP supporter and i don’t think it will be done. Because it has not curbed Sexual Crimes in countries with such.
    I am for detection and prosecution.

  2. Anonymous
    June 2, 2016 at 12:05 pm Reply

    Norbert when will you stop playing politics.????

    Your party have a problem with Ezee and policy statement…. You never say anything about the policy statement….

  3. Bailey
    June 2, 2016 at 2:00 pm Reply

    The sex offender registry is a terrible idea and is broken in the U.S. It has since ballooned to almost a million people, it prevents people from finding work or a place to live which has proven to make it much more effective in keeping people from establishing a law abiding life. It also costs taxpayers millions of dollars while already over-taxed. You can’t have a cohesive society if at the same time, you are placing pictures of them on the internet for life, such a large portion of your own society. These people are citizens who made a mistake and everyone deserves a second chance. This will destroy a society from the inside out and develop a large number of people with “nothing to lose”.

  4. Need a change
    June 2, 2016 at 3:07 pm Reply

    Its been goin on for a while right under ur’ll noses smh. Today ur’ll want to put something in place for sex offenders as scene hot on the other side! All talk n no action. How many time must we hear this over n over again? Empty promises

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