Sarah says level of sex abuse in Saint Lucia ‘abhorrent’ and ‘unacceptable’

Sarah Flood-Beaubrun has told reporters here that the level of sex abuse and child sex abuse that take place in Saint Lucia is ‘absolutely abhorrent’ and ‘unacceptable’,

“It is absolutely unacceptable,” Flood-Beaubrun declared when asked to comment on the announcement Monday by Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, of plans to establish a national sex offender registry.

“I think it is important that if sex offenders have been convicted, the society ought to know –they ought to be aware,” the External Affairs Minister asserted.

She noted that countries overseas which have systems that work better than those in Saint Lucia conduct background checks on individuals who have to be involved in any way with children, whether in a church, community or a day care centre, to determine whether they have been convicted of sex offences where children would be put at risk.

“If that is flagged you are not allowed to work in any setting with children whatsoever,” Flood-Beaubrun noted.

The minister said there was need to implement such measures properly.

However she acknowledged that untrue allegations can be made.

”But certainly when someone has been convicted, particularly as we live in a small society, person need to be aware that such and such a person has been convicted of an offence relating to that kind of crime and  due caution will be taken,” the minister told reporters.

“This is important because crimes of this nature – persons who commit these crimes tend to  repeat it if they are not rehabilitated and for this reason it is important that the public is made aware, so that precautions can be taken – and of course we are talking about persons who hav ben tried and convicted in a court of law,”

Flood-Beaubrun expressed the view that a sex offender registry, if properly implemented can serve as a protection and one of the measures in the fight against crime.

But she observed that by itself, the registry will not solve the problem.

“We have to look at the fact that we live in a society that is highly sexualized. Children are highly sexualised  the environment we live in, the ads that are played on TV,  the music that encourages violence and sexual violence. All of these things are important” the minister observed.

She explained that a holistic approach has to be adopted towards violence and sexual violence.

 

 

11 Comments

  1. Jay
    December 5, 2017 at 6:21 pm Reply

    Then do something about it. Women in gov’t never do anything to help women out there. Sickening.

    1. The Righteousness of GOD in Christ!
      December 6, 2017 at 8:14 am Reply

      New Testament Verse of the Day:
      “Those who speak for themselves want glory only for themselves, but a person who seeks to honor the one who sent him speaks truth, not lies.”
      – John 7: 18

  2. Maverick
    December 5, 2017 at 6:37 pm Reply

    Let’s just wait and see if all the talk can evolve into concrete action.

  3. Gisele
    December 5, 2017 at 7:21 pm Reply

    Gise

    Maverick, what can you do to help the cause? Sometimes women have to use their own initiatives to help. Always expecting the Government to solve all the problems never solves the problems.
    Mothers can form a support group and then try to get the help from Government to keep it going?
    Teach your children both girls and boys what to look out for so they can tell you when something is wrong, and when they do, believe them!!
    As parents, we make the decision to bring children into this world. We need to protect them.

    Men need to start taking the responsibility of raising their children, especially their young males. Children learn by example. ………….

    1. Lipeye
      December 6, 2017 at 1:22 am Reply

      Definitely a group needs to be formed. One person alone cannot do it. Children need to be protected

  4. The One
    December 5, 2017 at 7:23 pm Reply

    …and do not forget the women who are sex offenders but who have not yet been convicted. It is a shame when a society castigates men who report sexual violence against them.

  5. George Febes
    December 5, 2017 at 7:49 pm Reply

    Minister Flood , makes some valid points, she rightly highlights good practice in other countries.
    However, the minister must note that homophobia is also considered reprehensible in those countries she considers exemplry.
    In those countries, her views on homsexuality would not be tolerated by a minister of state.

  6. St. Lucian
    December 6, 2017 at 3:10 am Reply

    But also Sarah needs to go further. Turn to her colleague Minister of Education and inform her that it is past time that such a ministry stop tolerating teachers and school principals exploiting and abusing students entrusted in their care. This under the carpet treatment or meandering or transferring to another school makes the ministry a condoning agent or almost an accessory after the fact.

    So a good place to start is for Gale Rigobert to look in her own backyard. George Febes says homophobia is not tolerated in bigger countries. Well also what will never be tolerated is for their Parliament and senate to be populated by persons, even if not convicted but having charges laid in court of rape which never came to an expected court finality. That’s state sponsored hypocrisy.

  7. Rose
    December 6, 2017 at 4:02 am Reply

    Question for Ms. Flood-Beaubrun – what percentage of child sexual abuse is being committed by those previously convicted of a like crime? What percentage is being committed by those without such a prior conviction?

    In the US, 95% of child sexual abuse is being committed by the latter group – those without a prior conviction of the sort.

    If you really wish to protect children you advocate for measures that actually prevent abuse instead of wasting vast amount of resources on monitoring those who commit a small percentage of these crimes. If, of course, your goal is advancing your career by jumping on this most popular of bandwagons, you are doing a heck of a job. You are not the only one….

  8. 666 - No Political Affiliation.
    December 6, 2017 at 12:17 pm Reply

    As if she was not in government in the past. What will you do now that you’re in government once more? Politucians are bonified losers.

  9. Mel
    December 7, 2017 at 12:14 am Reply

    FIRE UBALDUS!

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