Caribbean Leaders are No Angels, They are Politicians with Problems

Feminist Conversations on Caribbean Life

Vile and Oblivious Politicians Support State Violence Against Children

At least three recent stories in Caribbean media have highlighted the systemic rape of boys and girls in state care and the horror houses known as children’s homes.  Getting raped while literally under the care and protection of the state is a reprehensible violation and denial of bodily autonomy.  Fleeing sexual abuse is what gets many girls in juvenile correctional facilities locked up in the first place. The abuse survivors are criminalized and re-victimized. Far from seeking to prevent sexual assault, reports from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana suggest that such violations are widespread.  Support services for sexual assault survivors are non-existent.

What are elected officials doing about this?

In Jamaica, the Minister responsible has branded the boys as criminals and practically blamed them for the state’s inability to offer adequate care. The media responded by laughing at…

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