SLPPA speaks on age of sexual consent

Press Release:-A comprehensive study on adolescent health in the Caribbean among 16,000 adolescents in nine countries in the region of which St. Lucia was one, concludes that 34.0% of them had sexual intercourse before age 19. Of those responding positively, 64% had had their sexual debut before age 12. In many cases, first intercourse was or is forced, which highlights the underlying issue of gender based sexual violence. Therefore we need strategies for prevention and response. NOT a change in laws to the age of consent.

In Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis the laws are silent on the issue of whether a child can seek medical advice or treatment including contraceptive information without parental consent. In the St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines, the age at which a minor may consent to medicals without parental consent is 16.

No Law or Humanitarian efforts can bring about a remedy. Only a radical change of heart, new life if possible, can produce the condition whereby communal life is possible without hostility or fear. Therefore the solutions should be not in change of laws by increasing the age of consent but rather by a number of strategies.

Namely:

  1. Consultation with relevant stakeholders
  2. Empowerment of young people with the skills in reference to their values
  3. Social interventions to protect our children not penalize them.
  4. Provision of parenting skills for especially for young mothers.
  5. Comprehensive sexuality education for youth empowerment Comprehensive sexuality education is an age-appropriate, culturally relevant approach to teaching about sexuality and relationships by providing scientifically accurate, realistic, non-judgmental information. Sexuality education provides opportunities to explore one’s own values and attitudes and to acquire decision-making, communication and risk reduction skills. The Programme of Action of the ICPD recognized that providing adolescents with information is the first step towards reducing adolescent pregnancies and unsafe abortions and empowering adolescents to make conscious and informed decisions.
  6. Enforce age appropriate laws to penalize older men across the board who use their power to prey on the vulnerability of young persons
  7. In life there are two motivators, FEAR an LOVE. Let us use love to empower our young people through creating avenues of educating them on values clarification.

If these measures are not done and laws just enforced to penalize young persons who are already victims, this will result in more back street (unsafe) abortions, undercover prostitution, increase in STIs and all the hosts of ills which accompany them.

Let us do the right thing and empower our young people rather than penalize them. We should not be followers but rather do our best to protect our own.

Audrey George

Executive Director

St. Lucia Planned Parenthood Association

21 Jeremie Street

Castries

Tel 45-24335

8 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    February 15, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Agree with all of the above statement and still agree the age of concent should be 18 and not 16.

  2. Anonymous
    February 15, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Age of consent should remain 16,no matter what the age may be,kids will follow their bodies and not their minds.

    1. Anonymous
      February 16, 2017 at 6:57 am

      even though u put it younger or older that will not change the mind the mind does change it self

  3. Anonymous
    February 15, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    Raising the age of consent will make no sense,it is simply putting kids at a big risk due to the fact that they already are involved at an early age which they already hide from parents

  4. sharonterrell
    February 16, 2017 at 12:49 am

    You see st.lucians never see the big picture,never in colored just black and white.I agree 100% the age of concent should be eighteen,because its not just about the child tat these dedifiles rape and people in st.lucia call it sex.Great idea because when a child under the age of 18 becomes pregnant then justice can be served, and we will not have all these under age pregnant kids on the island.Even 18 is to young it should be 21.Because even most 21 year olds are still reckless, and clueless in life.

  5. Jonson
    February 16, 2017 at 12:56 am

    You can’t decide when a girl should give her body to someone that is like infreng on privacy

    1. Raise it.. prosecute those who break it.
      February 16, 2017 at 3:47 am

      What a pointless stupid comment…are you a perpetrator of undr age sex? You sound like some of those Muslim men who are 41 and wrinkly and think they have the right to marry or rape any female even as young as 11 years old. If we all went along with our sexual feelings as women there would be even more mistakes for those of us who don’t have children to take care of.. there is such a thing as self d’ici Pline à f self control and also self esteem … which is what a lot of our young women lack in the first place. Many young people are having sex because they think that they will get something from the act….money…attention..love…but don’t often think of the consequences that follow …. which is abandonment… lobelia essere. ..self hate… pregnancy…attention re just some of the 5hings aquire from under age sex and having sex with anybody other than commitment.
      When you have to deal with them everyday…attention rend their parents lack if experience to deal with the emotional damage ..you will speak differently after thinking.

  6. Anonymous
    February 16, 2017 at 9:01 am

    The issue that exist does not relate to the age of consent. It is related to the absence of law enforcement. Under age teenagers give birth at the various hospitals and no one is concern about who is the father. The adult male father comes to visit and it is no issue. Have anyone in Saint Lucia been arrested for suspicion of have sex with a minor teenager?

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