07 7 / 2013
The current state of the law throughout much of the region and the practice in Barbados require urgent reform to treat the abuse of ALL children, as a class of criminality that deserves its own treatment as an act against our collective humanity and deserving the highest levels of opprobium.
In so doing however, the law ought to treat to the sexual abuse of children, in the instant case the abuse of boys, as conceptually distinct from the consensual sexual relations between adults."
30 11 / 2011
"Earlier this month a Trinidadian police officer refused to help a rape victim because she was naked. When asked if he could lend her his raincoat so that she could enter the station to report the rape, he refused. Two good samaritans then took her to her mother’s house where she dressed before returning to the station to report the rape."
This CODE RED article looks at rape and responses to rape around the Caribbean, showing how misogyny, heterosexism and homophobia are connected.
We really want to hear your responses to this article. What do you think?
13 6 / 2011
10 9 / 2010
By now you would have seen the video of attempted vigilante justice in Barbados following the alleged rape of an 11-year old girl (link below).
Here are some reactions from around the web. They do not represent the opinions of CODE RED.
1. Intriguing the way this event is played out and the multiple roles women locate themselves in this space given the accusation.
2. Hmm, this video is so very interesting on many fronts, all of those working class people have blackberrys, it is amazing. Also because the woman took control and basically told the guy to back of and he did almost in a maternal way and backed off. Some of the men seemingly protected him as well.
3. I “know” that lady in the orange. Met her at a nail tech in Bridgetown. I think her husband is a [edited] so maybe she/they is/are community leaders and that’s why she had so much influence over the guy. This video is a joke though - it ain’t saying nothing.
i think the men were only too happy to have her intervene to stop them from seriously injuring him. looked like a lot of masculinist posturing more than anything else. by the time they stopped the crowd became more sympathetic towards the alleged perpetrator. you could hear people saying that the girl could be lying, that he did not actually rape her etc. by and large though most of them treated the entire incident as entertainment. you could hear them repeating the details of the rape “de man eat pussy and ting den” and taking delight in videotaping the brief beating of the man and boasting that it would be on facebook. the 11 year old girl is lost in all of this. even if he didn’t rape her, somebody did. these stories don’t just come from nowhere.
What’s your reaction?