Does the Caribbean Sanction Violence against Children?


Janine Mendes-Franco (Global Voices) highlights ongoing discussions regarding children’s rights and their subjection to systemic violence, especially those stated in a recent article posted on Code Red (24 April 2014), which focuses on the role of “oblivious politicians” who support state violence against children. Here are excerpts with a link to the full posts below:

The Caribbean’s attitude to children continues to capture the attention of the blogosphere. The blog Code Red has been following stories about violence against children in three regional territories – Jamaica, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago – and begins its post by saying:

“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?”

The post addresses the situation in each of the countries [. . .]. Code Red places the blame for incidents like these on the shoulders of the countries’ leaders, making the point that by their irresponsible comments and lack of action, they too are part of the engine of violence. [. . .]

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