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Williams speaks out on rape and sexual assault

Norbert Williams of Speak out Saint Lucia (S.O.S.) has asserted that rape and sexual assault in this country have reached epidemic proportions.

Williams, who is the Communications Officer of S.O.S, has warned that if Saint Lucia’s human resources are not taken care of there will be innumerable problems in the future.

He explained that the problems will be psychological, health and crime related.

“All of this will affect the bottom line of Saint Lucia,” Williams observed.

“We are left to wonder, where are our Father Johns? Where are our Father Anthonys? Where is the SDA Church? Where are our Civic leaders in this?” He said.

Williams said the public has little confidence in what the authorities here are doing because the public is not included, while becoming more outraged daily by what is taking place.

He expressed the view that the time has come to adopt a national strategy on the issue of rape and sexual assault that includes education, law enforcement and counselling services.

“All of these things need to be revamped otherwise we will continue having the same problem; the same effect,” the S.O.S official noted.

“Everybody needs to get on board that bus and we need to move forward,” the S.O.S official declared.

He said what is currently being done is not working and there are too many excuses.

“No more excuses! It is time to hold people’s feet to the fire; represent the people that you swore to represent and let’s get Saint Lucia moving, otherwise we will be in a sad, sad state,” Williams stated.

He spoke last week during the Radio Caribbean International (RCI) programme – Newsspin, with host, Timothy Poleon.

The statement came amid national concern and outrage over the rape of a twelve year old girl, allegedly by a thirty-two year old man who was described as a trusted family friend.

 

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