Sexual Offenses Act to be tabled at next sitting of parliament

Peter called for support of the amendments
Peter called for support of the amendments

Attorney General, Levi Peter, has said amendments to the Sexual Offenses Act will be tabled and debated at the next sitting of parliament.

He said the matter has already been discussed with various stakeholders.

“I anticipate that a date for the next parliament and a date which I would anticipate this particular piece of legislation will be tabled and debated…” he stated at the opening of the new Law Year earlier this week.

He called for support from legislators and those in the legal profession.

“That is something, I hope that all of us as legal professionals in one way or the other will lend our support …the overall objective is ensure that the type of offenses which the legislation addresses is reduced if not eliminated from our society,” he stated.

Peter said there have been significant calls made for legislative changes to the Act.

In June the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Coalition for the Protection of Children and Youth expressed disappointment that the matter was not discussed in parliament, although it was told it would be.

There were 135 reported cases of child sexual abuse in Dominica in 2014.

Sexual offenses dominated the Criminal Assizes in 2015, with a total of twenty-four cases in January, nine in April, and eight in September. Cases ranged from indecent assault, unlawful sexual intercourse, incest, rape, and buggery.

On March 7, 2016, Peter announced that a draft Sexual Offenses Amendment Bill, comprising of 17 sections, would soon be taken to Parliament for approval.

In June 2016, Justice Minister, Rayburn Blackmoore announced that the draft Sexual Offenses Amendment Bill would go before Parliament before the end of the year. He called the amended Act a duty owed to youth, women, and other vulnerable groups.

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40 Comments

  1. Merrikat
    July 1, 2017

    SMDH. Christians here want to kill their children if they are born gay even though it isn’t their choice. Murderous sinners.

  2. viewsexpressed
    September 25, 2016

    Mr AG, I wonder what the amendments will be saying….what really is in there? From the governments point of view from past experiences and some current. I am hoping that the law will monitor young mothers and girls looking for jobs who are lured into offices of some high profile politicians and government ministers for a pocket full of bread to take home to mamma that their children can be fed from the poverty created by this corrupt Labour Party government and its inept leaders.
    I am waiting to see what the Act says and is it going to be retroactive?????
    What a government, very corrupt

  3. Shameless
    September 24, 2016

    The mere sight of this AG is really creepy. Can’t trust anything coming from his vocal cavity because whenever we see the lips of cabal members moving you know they are lying. If they are thinking, they a planing to lie. So long he working on this why the foot dragging? Garson move like you all care and stop eating taxpayers money. Our children need to be protected immediately from predators, even those who hide behind “government” and the “church”.

    Always Assertive! :twisted: :twisted:

  4. Tell the Truth
    September 23, 2016

    Some people make life difficult and complicated for them and for others. We have enough problems in the world to deal with than to have to deal with this and any further.
    Born as a male, born as a female. God recognizes us as such, two genders. He also does not recognize mortals being called solely “gender” and eliminate “male and female” which differentiate between them as masculine and feminine gender.
    In God’s eyes there is no change/cannot be any. They will die as God created them, male and female. If you prefer to say, as they were created.
    Even though governments legalize it, to please you people, where God is concerned, it is illegal; sinful for that matter. The same applies for same sex relationships.
    God cannot go against Himself and His plans for man and woman, husband and wife (male and female as created). When He said to Adam and Eve, “Go and multiply”, this is exactly what He meant for the world. This is the be all and end all of it all.

    • Tell the Truth
      September 23, 2016

      The above writing is meant for “Hopeful Dreamer.” Be alert.

  5. moleHill
    September 23, 2016

    , Rev. Donald Hill. are you dumb or what haven’t U heard ,followed the joke of Gay conversion thru prayer?
    It was finally deduced it is a hooks it does not work. So stop ur bloody ignorance. ido not know why the Canadian immigration could have given U entry? I would object on grounds of ignorance.

  6. judge review
    September 23, 2016

    Hope Skerrit them do not boycott that one. I will be in my full purple dress.

    • Black jack
      September 24, 2016

      Judge review, I hope for one Lennox Linton dose not boycott this one, I will be all in Red look forward to seeing you.

  7. September 23, 2016

    Not all homosexual men molest children but statistics show homosexuals have a higher percentage of sexual child abuse than heterosexuals. But if homosexuals pedophiles are castrated the same should apply to heterosexual pedophiles. I say this because both homo and hetero pedophiles tend to reoffend and psychiatrists tell us they usually cannot be “cured”.

    In the R.C.C. the majority of priests are heterosexual. However it is the lower percentage of homosexual priests who commit the most sexual offences against children (young boys). They have cost the church millions of dollars and brought parishes to near financial ruin. We are not seeing this so often with heterosexual priests and little girls. This is an example that proves sexual child abuse is more frequent among homosexuals. But formal studies have also shown this is the case.

    Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill.

    • September 24, 2016

      Four (4) Thumbs Down :!: Yet not one of them was able to show me a single statement I made in my comment that was wrong and give me evidence that it was incorrect :!:

      This is usually the case when I address homosexuality.

      Those who advocate for this abomination find it difficult to be objective because they do not have the facts on their side. What I write is based on the scriptures and scientific writings. The science is from books or articles written by various behavioral scientists and published in journals which have to pass peer review. Most replies I receive seem to be written by uneducated people who take offence because I have touched a nerve. They are more emotional than intellectual.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill.

      I write for the same reason I speak: not to hurt people but to help people by providing truth.

      • Tell the Truth
        September 25, 2016

        I have noted, these are very good at giving thumbs down for sensible comments. This is all they are good at. They have nothing to state. If people disagree with comments, we would think that they could state why they assume what was stated is wrong and deserved thumbs down.
        I recall listening to what the comedian, Paul Keens-Douglas stated: Someone said, “I do not like her.” The person was asked, “Why you do not like her.” The response was, “I do not know. I just do not like her.” :lol:
        This is the identical attitude of some of those who give thumbs down. They do so for the sake of doing it. Some may disagree but they do not state why they disagree. Those who live such a lifestyle will obviously disagree. Yet, they will not dispute it. In most cases, they cannot explain why they disagree. They may very well know what was stated is correct but will not admit it.
        There are also some who prefer not to comment which may be repetitious.

      • Homosexual Dominica
        September 29, 2016

        I have given you a thumbs up. Well done!

        As a kid at the St. Mary’s Academy back in the 60’s when it was run by the notorious Roman Catholic Christian Brothers of Ireland, I remember being felt up by a Brother then. Shocked, I told my mom, who spanked me for telling lies.

        Homo and pedo cannot be the way forward in any civilised society. However, if our masters have their way, and they will, in Dominica soon MEN will be able to MARRY MEN; WOMEN, will be able to MARRY WOMEN and same sex couples will be legally permitted to adopt and raise kids.

        Of course, buggery prohibitions will be out of the window and TRANSGENDERED MEN AND WOMEN will be able use public toilets/ changing rooms normally reserved for opposite sexes.

        This is the future that awaits us AND this is the future we are destined to have.

    • Dominican at heart
      September 25, 2016

      It amazes me the level of nonsense you bray, sir, for a man who pretends to have a tidbit of education. Thank is mon statistical. As a woman I can say that for every 5 womwn I know 3 have been exposed to unwanted sexual acts. This acts were not done by homosexuals but by heterosexuals. This is about keeping our children safe. Not about homonphobes….especially from men qho pretend to hate homosexuals while themselves are undercover homosexuals. That’s why you know how to spot the homosexual priests. Shame on you!

      • Tell the Truth
        September 25, 2016

        It always takes two. If any man of whatever status approaches a woman for sexual favors, whether they will be offered monetary or material gift, they should say, “NO!”
        This is why I blame those who allow themselves in such a situation. OK! There is a first time and they may be taken aback and were not able to defend/protect themselves. However, there should never be a second time. They should avoid the abuser at all costs. Too many so-call grin and bear it. Some, years later they squeal and expose the abuser. They are not ashamed that they were party to it. Two wrongs never make a right.
        The situation is, the Law does not recognize that the man/woman, boy/girl kept going back for more when they should have then reported it and removed themselves from that situation. Years later, they go before the Courts for compensation. Of what? Too late. The harm was already done. What is done is done and cannot be undone.

      • Tell the Truth
        September 25, 2016

        The age of reason is seven years. If you know it is wrong, it is wrong. Stay away from such situations and do not blame others for your human weakness. In such a situation, make no excuse for yourself or for others.
        You stop this so-called unwanted situation right from the beginning. If they continue enjoying it or allowing themselves to continue being abused, then years later take the abuser to Court, those cases should be thrown out of Court. The Court cannot take back anyone’s innocence or what was done. In most cases, the Court will only grant monetary compensation. Money cannot buy back one’s innocence nor give them a sense of satisfaction, especially when all the money is spent. This is my stand on this situation, whoever the abuser is.
        Parents are obligated to educate their children accordingly and protect them from such situations. If they are told about this peril, they may not forget it and will act and react accordingly.

    • viewsexpressed
      September 25, 2016

      Statistics is hard thing for some to follow. I just read on Google a Priest who has been abusing young boys for years has just been returned to the UK after running away to Croatia and Estonia to hide his dirty habits.
      This habit is just nastiness and cannot, must not be condoned in civilised countries. Buggery is despicable, an act which is inhuman and Not natural. We all know why, no point getting deeper into it.

      • It's Not That Bad
        September 26, 2016

        It can relieve constipation? Therefore, it is a practice that must be viewed with some toleration. After all, Isn’t Chelsea Manning, who did the world a great service, a gay person?

  8. September 23, 2016

    Something that important, why the footdraging?

    • nature_isl_girl
      September 24, 2016

      Same thing I’m asking. I thought this was already dealt with?!

  9. Hopeful Dreamer
    September 23, 2016

    My friend is a transgendered man who would like to marry her Dominican fiance who is a man. Could anyone explain whether buggery will be taken off the offences ledger and whether it will be possible for him/ her to marry a Dominican man, even if she/ he is a man, and eventually adopt Dominican kids into their union?

    • lightbulb
      September 23, 2016

      what does the passport say, if transgender person is registered as a man, no.

      • MiriDom Question
        September 25, 2016

        Also, can transgendered men use women’s toilets and changing rooms? I guess they can? What does MiriDom say about this?

    • September 23, 2016

      The Word of God forbids homosexuality so even if it becomes “legal” according to the laws of the nation a LGBT person lives in it is still a sin against God Almighty and a crime against His Kingdom.

      The Bible says homosexuality is a against nature in Romans 1:26,27. It is contrary to God’s model or blueprint for marriage according to Matthew 19:4-6. It clearly states that those who continue to commit this sin shall not “… … …inherit the kingdom of God” in 1 Corinthians 6:9,10.

      God has given us the example of Sodom and Gomorrah to show how he will ultimately judge and punish
      homosexuals who do not repent in Genesis 19:1-25 and Jude vs. 7.

      But the Bible also shows that those who turn from their sins and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ – trusting His shed blood alone to wash their sins away – will be saved (forgiven) and made new :!: It says “… … the blood of Jesus Christ (God’s) Son cleanses us from all sin” in 1 John 1:7.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill.

      • September 23, 2016

        Here is the good news :!:

        Homosexuals can not only be forgiven they can be delivered. The LGBT community would like you to think the bondage of “same gender attraction” cannot be broken. The fact is (a) some homosexuals have been helped through proper psychotherapy, and (2) others have been set free through faith in Christ. There are former homosexuals who are now married to opposite gender partners and have biological children.

        When St. Paul wrote to the congregation in Corinth in 1 Corinthians 6:9,10 he mentioned various types of sinners including homosexuals. Then in verse 11 he said “And such WERE some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified, in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”

        “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17.

        Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill.

      • USA Gay Past and Sexual Offences
        September 25, 2016

        James Buchanan – he lived with a a man, Willam Rufus King for more than 10 years.
        John F Kennedy – his long-time friend, Kirk LeMoyne had a bedroom in the white House. They were often seen with linked arms and in various forms of embraces.

        Barack Obama – a lifetime member of Chicago’s leading gay bath club and rampant rumours that his wife is as transgendered man, closes speculations.

        Lyndon B Johnson – his close friend and de-facto Chief of Staff Walter Jenkins was a rampant homosexual who was arrested and charged with sex with another man in a YMCA restroom in Washington DC.

        Abraham Lincoln – Abe spent a large portion of his life spooning with men notably, Joshua Speed and his Congressman companion Billy Greene.

        Bill Clinton -http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2016/02/15/7-us-presidents-who-were-rumoured

        Ronald Regan – he was in love with Errol Flynn see: https://southpawbeagle.com/2010/03/06/love-letters-from-ronald-reagan-to-errol-flynn-found-in-attic/

      • Compassion Please!
        September 26, 2016

        Wasn’t James Buchanan a president of the USA? Rev. Hill, what do you think?

    • No Tran fat
      September 23, 2016

      continue to dream transfriend/transcontinental trans Fat fag. Good luck to U & friendsTrans children to be adopted lol

      • Compassion Please!
        September 26, 2016

        Hasn’t ‘Hopeful Dreamer’ suffered enough? For heaven’s sake he has had his dignity chopped off and replaced with a frying pan. Why all the hatred? A little compassion for this woman/ man who is clearly in love with another man, may be the order of the day. Are not Dominicans civilised people?

    • Tell the Truth
      September 23, 2016

      The bottom line is, with God there is absolutely no change for male and female. If you think God and what will He say, you will comprehend that. Do not even question it.
      God’s position is not to please mortals. Our position is to please him and to obey him.
      His position is, He loves us all regardless of our status. However, He set His Commandments (not suggestions) and according to His Word in Holy Scripture without watering it down and misinterpreting it, every human being, whatever they think and believe, must adhere to it with no exception.
      Our earthly happiness, peace of mind and eternal salvation depend on it as follows, genuine worship, prayer, obedience, restitution, penance and sacrifice.
      As the late Mother Angelica, Foundress of Eternal Word Catholic Global Television Radio and Network (EWTN) said, “We are all called to be great saints (holiness) do not miss the opportunity.
      Where God is concerned, for this we have been created and called; nothing less.

    • Boom Boom Man
      September 23, 2016

      Ah, dah boom boom man! Chewps!

    • nature_isl_girl
      September 24, 2016

      Is this a legit question or you’re seeking attention?

    • viewsexpressed
      September 25, 2016

      Why adopt other peoples children, to make what point?. You have the ability to produce, God gave you all the tools to perform, sperm, sexual tools and the corresponding gender tools where two, male, female come togther and produce a child! Why do you wanna take advantage of another persons child to —–to corrupt them?

      • Response to Dominican at Heart
        September 29, 2016

        “Domincan at Heart”. Kindly note that the same homosexuals you are backing, don’t like women. They don’t like you! In fact they hate them because they view women as competitors.

        Homosexuals only adopt feminine ways to attract men, not because they will do anything to get their man and as women are very good at doing that, they will copy everything that women do including invasive sexual intercourse (albeit per annum).

        Buck up your ideas my dear. Furthermore, men have had as much unwanted attention from women as the other way around. It’s just that we don’t complain as much.

    • Shameless
      September 25, 2016

      :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: To each his own but I find that Dcan man , the fiance well brave papa to marry a transgender man :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: .. I hope Sye the calypsonian reading that so we can have a 2017 Calypso on that :mrgreen: :mrgreen: . Just another excuse for man to **** man, transgender of gay se la me chose.

      Thats why I myself taking Ency advise and “watching my bottom” always. Exit only, no entry! :twisted: :twisted:

      Always Assertive! :twisted: :twisted:

    • Transgendered People have Rights Too!
      September 25, 2016

      Why all the dislikes? MiriDom will be sure to support this person as Dominica must help all minorities. After all this person clearly loves his Dominican man, so we must give them all the help we can to achieve happiness. Are we not a civilized country?

      • viewsexpressed
        September 27, 2016

        Give me a break………Pleaaaaaaaaase……….

  10. koule wyyayi
    September 23, 2016

    This plague is going on too long in Dominica. Castrate them before letting them in society. Damaging helpless kids for life.

    • Tell the Truth
      September 23, 2016

      Do not forget the role of parents and parenting. They have the responsibility to educate their children accordingly. Some of the children will be offered money and other gifts. This is tempting for them. Parents must instill in them not to accept them in exchange for their precious innocence and body. Much more could be stated about that.

  11. analy thomas
    September 23, 2016

    I totally agree with the AG. While we amend those laws however, let us be mindful that prisoners have those rights too and that they should respect each other.

    • Tickle me /us
      September 23, 2016

      Could not be more anal. The is bull. nothings gonna change. The offenders are from both sides of the Parliament. Those involved in the recent underage abuse one is from the Gov’t side former minister. who consequently resigned another is a former deputy of the opposition. The other one is a ………………………..
      stupid is to be nice and treat this clown lightly.
      How can laws change things when the very implementors are the very evil ones?
      Da is a joke. See who is it P.M See who is its opposition leader I wonder what do we have in between
      .

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