Our government and our attorney general need to pass legislation to toughen our country’s laws on rape. Rape is rape, whether vaginal, and or oral contact. The three should be considered criminal sexual conduct. By amending the current law, we recognize the trauma suffered by victims and ensure the rapists are effectively prosecuted.
Recently a ten-year-old child was sexually abused by her father. Family of the child have said that the rape/incest begun when she was six. What happened up to now remains a mystery. Why the child was still in this beast’s care remains a mystery. Why nothing was done to protect the child from that monster also remains a mystery.
What is happening to our citizens? Too afraid to report a crime to the police? It is unbelievable that Chief Magistrate Tamara Gill allowed this beast to post bail, even though she knew that a serious crime has been committed. He is accused of sexually abusing his own child; he is roaming free to rape more kids.
Our law enforcement must be commended for bringing in this monster. Job well done, officers, I wish these talented officers success and blessings in their work on behalf of all the Grenadian community. The level of crime in Grenada is distressing. The police response to crime is encouraging.
There should be a grand jury action on this case as soon as possible. Another child victim of sexual abuse/molestation by someone she looked up to, her own father. This beast needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. This whole episode is deplorable. Let’s change the conversation and insert and assert the importance of protection and wellbeing for our children. Is this what little girls should expect?
Mr Attorney General, hold this rapist beast accountable. He must serve the maximum sentence to make an example out of him. We don’t want this happening to another child in Grenada. We just want this little girl to have the same chance of justice as other people have. This case must be prosecuted criminally. We must preserve the young child’s right.
The misconduct of some can have effects that ripple far and wide. “Those who commit sexual assault are not only committing a crime, they threaten the trust and discipline that makes our youths, our teenagers exemplary people. That’s why we have to be determined to stop these crimes, because they’ve got no place in this country. It only takes the misconduct of a few to further erode the people’s trust in their government, and that’s unacceptable to me,” said Grenada Prime Minister Dr the Hon. Keith C. Mitchell.
The present government must crack down and carry out a major campaign against rape, because increasing concern with a rise in violent crime has been evident in recent months. In Grenada, the death penalty is legal, but rare, It remains a legal possibility but a practical rarity.
Rape is unacceptable and immoral, especially to a little innocent child. We cannot tolerate paralysis and violence, no matter what its causes. Social stability is absolutely essential to social progress. Let’s get some justice for that child and other children in Grenada. We know that even when successfully prosecuted and convicted, criminals frequently receive lenient sentences from the courts, putting them out to commit the same and more serious crimes against our society. The system needs to change that situation. Our government and the attorney general need to establish a special economic crime prosecution unit or units to achieve striking success in the prosecution of crimes against our society and people.
The African American social critic and novelist James Baldwin once said, “Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.” This does not apply to the entire male community, but a few bad apples that are threatening to ruin the barrel. These men are a bunch of pathetic excuses for human beings.
This behaviour is making Grenada a hotbed of knavery, debauchery and bestiality. There is enough evidence by the child’s family to substantiate the allegations, they are based on accounts published in The New Today newspaper and never contradicted by any official. We can no longer claim ignorance as an excuse for inaction; if we do, we too have become enemies of justice.
Children affected like this little girl will have symptoms of acute trauma reaction. The damage to that child is not only devastating but also the emotional and mental toll it will have on her. Things like not being able to stop thinking about the event. Their mind jumps back on images even if they’re playing or busy doing something. They experience troubling, intrusive thoughts, and the unexpected can be especially startling. She might have symptoms that can also include sadness and mood changes, depression; traumatic events can be a very new experience. Her world is shaken and she doesn’t have enough life experience to put it into context.
If she is exhibiting signs of fear, perhaps she is reluctant to go to school, don’t force her. Reintroduce her to normal activities incrementally and only fully engage when she is ready. A mother or grandparents are often eager to see improvement in their child’s behaviour and emphasize positive signals, while ignoring negative ones. In due time, more normal activity will ensue. But initially there’s not a lot of space where they feel comfortable, because they are not comfortable in their own minds.
Please engage the child in counseling; the earlier, the better. There should be a program in Grenada that offers support groups and individual counseling to children of rape and other crimes. Family counseling is important, so that family can be there and understand the healthy coping mechanism the child adopts and then reinforce it. This was a terrifying ordeal for her.
Mr Prime Minister, let’s get some justice for that child. No more talk, time for action.