ANNOUNCEMENT: Town Hall Meeting on Sexual Offences Act at Marigot

A Third Town Hall Meeting is to be held at WS Stevens Primary School Marigot on Sunday 2nd April at 4pm to explain the contents of the Amendments to the Sexual Offences Act 
 
Hosted by the East Dominica Children’s Federation, the NGO Coalition will take the opportunity to explain that the amendments have finally been gazetted and signed into law. 
 
It is now illegal not to report sexual abuse if you know about it. 
It is now illegal to groom young people for sexual contact. 
It is now illegal to take pornographic pictures of people, or distribute them, without their consent. 
It is also illegal to prevent a witness testifying by paying money or any other means. 
It continues to be illegal to have sexual contact or intercourse with minors under 16 who cannot consent, this is unlawful intercourse and carries a greater punishment than rape which is having sex with someone who does not consent. 
 
The law now states that the punishments should be much harsher especially for repeat offenders or those who rape children, elders or pregnant people. Rape is rape regardless of marital status.
 
We would welcome media coverage and hope that the community leaders will be present to stand in solidarity with the seventeen agencies which make up the NGO Coalition for the Protection of Children and Youth as we seek to STAMP OUT GENDER BASED VIOLENCE. 
 
We continue to be concerned about the interminable adjournments, lack of a specialist magistrate/Judge operating in a Family court, under-use of paper committals, the inadequate social services, re-traumatizing effect of the current investigation and disclosure methods and the lack of therapeutic resources for survivors. 
 

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9 Comments

  1. SAMGUTA
    April 4, 2017

    Great event. I wholeheartedly support the views of Tina. The UWP must fully purge itself from THE MINOR KEY. We need stable people to bring us up not LUNA Eclipse to dim our lights. LL move fast fast before we regret it. Your bro Bryan is soo right.

  2. Concerned
    April 3, 2017

    It should also be illegal to traffick young people with for the intent of committing a sexual act…that is, taking a child/young person away from their home…trafficking is deemed as taking a child/young person from point A to B for the purpose of committing a sexual act…

  3. TIna Alexander
    April 3, 2017

    Many thanks to all those who made the effort to come and inform themselves about the legislative changes and especially to those who chose to break the silence and share with us details of abusers who are still at large in the community. I encourage everyone who knows about abuse that has ever taken place to contact CRIMESTOPPERS on 1800 TIPS (8477) or crimestoppersdominica.org. Remember Abusers are addicted. They do not stop at one offence. Take action and protect children.

    • SAMGUTA
      April 4, 2017

      I know many who were abused in our North Eastern region by the same YOU KNOW WHO as early as primary school . He did this for many years until one victim exposed him. PEDOPHILE & INSANITY and deceptive boldness continues while the victims pains worsen .

  4. Alexy
    April 3, 2017

    Amen!!!!! Let children be children!!!

  5. Tj
    April 2, 2017

    A desired first step, now let it become law not like the voter list, don’t let it die with constant delays.

  6. concerned RS BLUE
    April 2, 2017

    DEAR LENOX, Likewise countess Dominicans and others in our Uwp, am very much concerned about the incidence of Sexual abuse . Our party has taken some defiant stance to purge ourselves from such a dangerous image & perception malaise but its ugly head is resurfacing through a desperate window of flattery and violent chants. The snakelike Moonphase Elephant is in our room. Sir dont be fooled ! We must not close our eyes on and never must we be unmindful of this venomous CHEMOTHERAPY TYPE of smooth talking , arrogant and know-it-all member. We must NEVER become the POLITICAL COLLATERAL DAMAGE of any gratuity seeking self destructive , wanting -to-still- contest , stable less politician. Team Dominica deserves better.
    Some pretend that nothing major had happened in the instrumental MINORKEY. Mr Lenox, be warned. Holding on to garbage will spoil our luggage resulting in serious political spillage effectively undermining our image and exacerbating a moral outrage.
    We have viable optons.

  7. Roger Burnett
    April 2, 2017

    I give credit to the coalition for the progress they have made. May I suggest that, in addition to protecting the victim and prosecuting the perpetrator, more attention is given to the root cause of abuse.

    Slightly off topic but still on the subject of abuse, I wish that we could curb the grooming children for exams from the tender age of nine.

  8. SkerritMustGo
    April 1, 2017

    And I hope there is protection on the whistleblowers yh cause illegal to not report not making any sense

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