President of the Women’s arm of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Jenny Rapier has expressed concern about what the 2016 Carnival Season could have in store for the nation, especially the underage youth.
Speaking with THE NEW TODAY Monday, Rapier pointed to a situation where a teenage girl only 14-years-old never returned home after attending the School’s Soca Monarch Competition held last week Friday at the Roy St. John Playing Field, Tanteen, St. George.
“Am not sure what time it (the Schools Soca Monarch Competition) finished, but I am getting a call that the young lady is missing…and there is a voice message circulating on social media with her having sex,” Rapier said.
The senior Congress official also made mention about what she described as the “lawlessness in our country where our youth, women, men, boys and girls are allowed to consume alcohol beverages uncontrollably”.
She said that last week scores of school children were noticed “liming” around the bus terminal area along Melville Street with some of them seen with beer bottles in their hands.
“This is a concern and it seems to be growing and I am a bit scared for what the Carnival season would bring for our young people,” she remarked.
Rapier pointing to the “growing promiscuous behaviour of our young ones, sexual violations of our females and males alike, rape in all forms and incest reported almost every week in the news (and) young women leaving home and not returning for days.”
The President of the NDC Women’s Arm also touched on the trending “nakedness when it comes to our young ladies going out…leaving home practically naked”.
Rapier also launched an attack on Culture Minister, Senator Brenda Hood, who shortly after the NNP won the February 2013 General elections, had voiced concern about the nakedness in the streets.
The female NDC member noted that Sen. Hood has become very silent on the issue at the moment and is now “sitting there literally smiling at the nakedness.”
Rapier is also concerned about the lyrics in some of the popular Soca songs dominating the airwaves on the island leading up to Spicemas 2016.
“There is one telling the ladies to bend over…and we have to be concerned about the moral breakdown in our society and the lawlessness that we see happening daily,” she said.
She feared that the situation is so bad in some cases and “it is like we can’t tell the young people anything” and pointed to the challenges faced by families and parents who may have a hard time dealing with children who have gone out of control.
Rapier called on the Churches to play the role in society that is expected of them.
“We need to see them (the churches) more and more…Our youth need help spiritually and we (NDC) are calling on the Churches to pray for our nation…
“I just want us to pay attention to the youth of our nation as we head into the carnival and each one of us please do what we can to help them and save them from destroying themselves.”
According to Rapier, while she is not particularly blaming the government for the breakdown in society the administration also has an instrumental role to play in helping to tackle the problem.
She expressed the view that “there is something missing in the past three years,” since the Mitchell-led government came into office.
She said: “The NDC do care about our youth; they are the future (and) we can’t just let them go (and do what they want) and say (that) their parents are not doing what they are supposed to do.
“The government, the executive has a responsibility…there are laws that should be enforced…to look after our young ones,” she added.