Con­cern voiced about de­lays

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Parliament -

SIR HENRY FRASER has given the Gov­ern­ment ku­dos for bring­ing sex­ual ha­rass­ment leg­is­la­tion to Par­lia­ment.

“We have swept things un­der the car­pet, we have al­lowed cor­rup­tion to be sus­tained, we have known things or heard things that were al­leged to be tak­ing place and there has been very lit­tle to curb that,” the In­de­pen­dent se­na­tor said yes­ter­day.

He was de­bat­ing the Em­ploy­ment Sex­ual Ha­rass­ment (Pre­ven­tion) Bill, 2017, in the Se­nate, which he said had been needed for a very long time. He re­called al­le­ga­tions against a store owner in Bridgetown who de­manded “favours” from his em­ploy­ees.

How­ever, Sir Henry was con­cerned that the hear­ing of sex­ual ha­rass­ment mat­ters could face long de­lays.

“I think the time frame should be very much shorter be­cause de­lays not only [mean] . . . jus­tice de­layed is jus­tice de­nied, but it cre­ates all kinds of dif­fi­cul­ties in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. It makes both the ac­cuser and the ac­cused un­able to re­call de­tails of what might have hap­pened many months ago,” he said.

Sir Henry said cor­rec­tive ac­tion should be taken at the school level.

“The child must be­gin in school to learn about re­spect for the op­po­site gen­der, to learn about con­flict res­o­lu­tion, to learn about the is­sues re­lated to what we call sex­ual ha­rass­ment,” he added. ( WILLCOMM)

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