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.