The Saint Lucia Labour Party Women’s Organisation (SLPWO) has said that elder abuse remains an alarming national issue.
The SLPWO made specific reference to recent reports of a 105 year old woman being raped and sodomised in her home in the North of the Island.
In a post on the official Facebook page of the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) on Friday, the group said it fully condemns “this heinous and senseless act and all other forms of abuse of the elderly.”
“As a part of a conscious global community, we should endeavor to rebuild respect for the elderly. It also means recognizing the contribution that they have made and continue to make to our society,” the SLP women’s arm observed.
“These characteristics should elicit honor and respect for the entire generation while simultaneously denouncing any form of maltreatment,” it asserted.
“However, a recently surfacing local news report sent shockwaves throughout our nation, revealing a reality that some amongst us are of a contrary opinion which is dangerously concerning,” the SLPWO said.
“When a centenarian, who in recent times celebrated her 105th birthday, became the victim of a vicious attack in the comfort of her own home, a place deemed to be safe space, we have reason to pause and take note the those indecent societal gaps that exist even to this day, 185 years after the abolition of slavery and 40 years after St. Lucia declared independence, with a view of a seeking a decent life for all of our people,” the organisation stated.
It asserted that because of this insensitive and dehumanizing behavior, the centenarian’s abode is now etched in this country’s memory as a place where a sex crime rattled the social fabric of our nation, raising unparalleled fear and in the process resulting in many questions being asked, with many more left unanswered.
According to the SLP women’s organisation, elder abuse is likely to grow if Saint Lucia does not engage its elders; keep in contact; administer care; keep a close watch; allow for the elderly to remain integrated with the community and provide a safe and comfortable living space.
The organisation said that its members and supporters call upon the Allen Chastanet led administration to safeguard the senior population by increasing the human resource, as well as the tools and equipment to the crime mitigating and preventing arms of the nation.
“We further implore the Prime Minister to discontinue political victimization, reinstate the NICE workers who were employed solely to protect and care for our venerable population,” it stated.