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Protect the rights of women and children

Monday, October 08, 2012    

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Dear Editor,

What is going on with some men in Jamaica? It's as if the devil has been let loose on the island. What could possibly cause two men to commit the vicious act of raping a household of women, including an eight-year-old child?

These are just a few of the many questions that only the cruel beasts themselves could answer.

We can only assume that it might be a sign of showing power, low self-esteem, being victims of rape themselves or simply dog-hearted - to put it bluntly.

The recent upsurge in crimes committed against our women and children is a wake-up call for us at home, Jamaicans in the diaspora and even the world at large as this is a worldwide problem.

It is time for everyone to do their part. It could be reporting suspicion of abuse, offering any kind of support to victims of such ferocious incidents, or even volunteering at organisations that protect the interests of women and children. The little that we do now will have a great impact on the future of Jamaica, and this could even mean saving us from descending into a state of anarchy.

As it relates to the well-being of the victims of such a barbaric act, their lives have been shattered immensely. Yes, counselling will help somewhat to get them through the ordeal, but they will never get over it totally. They might never regain trust in men. They will live in constant fear of such an event recurring.

We need to protect the rights of women and children. Let us go back to the idea that "it takes a village to raise a child". Let us all show solidarity for women and children to live free from violence.

Being a woman and hearing of such heinous acts leaves me cowering in fear, as women will never know if and when it might happen to them. Like Ritchie Spice in his song entitled, "Ease the Pain", I would Iike to know, "Who is gonna ease the pain? Who is gonna wipe those tears...who is gonna drive the fear away?"

Is it that women should go back to wearing chastity belts? Or should we resort to castrating the perpetrators, as they do not seem to be contrite?

Sobrena D Anderson

Prospect, St Thomas

teenybopper_7@live.com

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