The President of the Saint Lucia Teachers’ Union (SLTU), Julian Monrose, has urged Saint Lucian women to follow the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and sexual assault.
The #Me Too movement exploded in October 2017 as a hashtag used on social media in an attempt to demonstrate the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment, especially in the workplace.
Monrose told a ceremony on Sunday to mark the end of Teachers’ Week that once there is an accusation, it has to be thoroughly investigated.
“Get all the facts and make the right decision,” he declared.
The SLTU official noted that in the United States, a ‘drunk’ was given a lifetime appointment to the highest court of the country, despite serious issues hanging over his head.
It was an obvious reference to Brett Kavanaugh who was confirmed as a US Supreme Court Justice in the face of accusations that he had sexually assaulted women.
“Despite the man lying blatantly to the whole world he was confirmed and we see some of it creeping here,” the SLTU President observed.
“They have allowed millions of people who have suffered abuse over the years to feel disappointed, to feel let down because they believe the appointment of one man will push a particular philosophy,” Monrose said of the US Supreme Court confirmation.
“We must not believe this is happening in the states and then don’t worry – we are okay here, because what happens in these big Metropolitan countries eventually creeps to us,” the SLTU President told his audience.
Monrose made it clear that it was not a situation where once a woman accuses a man, the accused is destroyed.
But he expressed the view that accusations must be thoroughly investigated.