Sex Abuse In Intimate Relationships Addressed In New Domestic Violence Bill

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The new Saint Lucia Domestic Violence Bill of 2020 featuring some twenty amendments will be available for  scrutiny, Gender Affairs Minister DR. Virginia Albert-Poyotte has announced.

Speaking Tuesday night during Police Insight on Choice Television, the Minister said the Attorney General’s Chambers has already perused the document and returned it to the Department of Gender Affairs.

“So it will now be opened up for discussion with all civil society so people can talk about the changes that are coming in the bill,” Albert-Poyotte stated.

She told Police Insight that the document expands some formerly restricted areas, including the definition of domestic violence.

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It also addresses the matter of sexual abuse in intimate relationships.

“Your body is your body,” the Minister declared, adding that a marriage does not bestow the right for someone to do whatever they want with their spouse.

“There are times the lady is not in the best of moods. You still have to find the more polished and polite way of engaging your partner,” the Babonneau MP stated.

“We’re talking about people’s rights and marriage does not forfeit your right as a human being and you as a man you also have your rights,” she told programme Host, Zachary Hippolyte.

Hippolyte, an Acting Inspector of Police, observed that a husband could not rape his wife according to the Criminal Code unless there’s a situation of divorce or separation by the court or a decree nisi.

Headline photo courtesy Anthony Tran (Unsplash.com)

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6 COMMENTS

  1. @the crow i so agree honestly i think this department is really biased they have a wall with endless of female victims but not one male

  2. Gender relations is all about “women”. Gender based violence is not only perpetrated against women . . . men are also victims. There is talk that women are the ones mostly affected but that is because women are more likely to report. Imagine if a man comes into a room and says that his partner is “beating him”. What will the reaction be? Laughter, ridicule, etc. Because of that, a man will more likely not report abuse. I believe that the system is definitely stacked against men.

  3. @ concerned you are on point —- “Hippolyte, an Acting Inspector of Police, observed that a husband could not rape his wife according to the Criminal Code unless there’s a situation of divorce or separation by the court or a decree nisi”. No wonder some of the disgusting men in St. Lucia are running amok. The very Criminal Code enables these morons – it’s a disgusting shame.

    If this is one of your current Criminal Codes – it must have been authored by a group of rapist – please put a committee of intelligent individuals to revisit your Criminal Codes if they are anything like this one – they are definitely archaic.

  4. Our our laws so outdated that it is acceptable for a man to rape his wife, that is madness. That is what I am reading here, please tell me I am wrong!

  5. i believe a husband can physically rape his wife even if it is his wife cause rape is pretty much when your use force on the person but here they go about talking of rights but they are exploiting ours everyday forcing people to take a vaccine or else, i never see a thing so

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