At least one organisation in the country has voiced its concerns over the increasing acts of sexual molestation of minors in the country.
The Grenada National Coalition on the Rights of the Child has written to Attorney-General, Cajeton Hood to express its alarm over the increasing number of reported cases of sexual-related offences against the nation’s youngsters.
“The Coalition, including members of the Grenada Association of Professional Social Workers, continues to be seriously concerned about the increase in sexual assault amongst our Nation’s children, by trusted professionals”, said the letter from Chairperson of GNCRC, Ann Greaves.
Following is the full text of the letter dated October 28th, 2013:
Mr. Cajeton Hood
Ministry of Legal Affairs
H.A. Blaize Street
Re: Sexual molestation of a six year old by a teacher
This letter brings you greetings from the Grenada National Coalition on the Rights of the Child.
The Coalition, including members of the Grenada Association of Professional Social Workers, continues to be seriously concerned about the increase in sexual assault amongst our Nation’s children, by trusted professionals.
Reference is made to the Informer Newspaper dated Friday, October 11th 2013, which highlights the recent case of a six year old who was molested by her teacher, and the outcome of this case, as quoted by the mother: “In my view the magistrate patted him on the shoulders and said pay $5,000.00 in three months or face one year in prison.” From the mother’s statement it’s apparent that the child has been affected emotionally and psychologically.
We are extremely concerned about the level of leniency given to perpetrators of crimes against minors. Whilst we do not have the full facts of the case, such as, whether this is the offender’s first offence, it is submitted, that the age of the victim and the trauma to this child should have been considered when sentencing. This is perhaps a suitable case for appeal by the prosecution.
We had envisaged that changes to the criminal code would be a deterrent to such crimes, but it seems this is not the case. Therefore, we are asking for the sentencing policy and guidelines to be reviewed as a matter of urgency, so that in future the full force of penalties shall be meted out to perpetrators who steals and damages the innocence of our nation’s children
upon who our nation’s future rest.
Thanking you in advance, as we the Coalition continue to promote and protect the rights of our nation’s children.
Ann Greaves (Mrs.)
Cc: Director of Public Prosecutions Mr. Christopher Nelson