Com­mu­nity Lead­ers must hold Men Ac­count­able for Male Vi­o­lence against Women

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The or­gan­i­sa­tion Raise Your Voice Saint Lu­cia Inc. has added its ex­pres­sions of con­cern over the ris­ing in­ci­dence of rape and vi­o­lence against women here in Saint Lu­cia.

In a state­ment the or­gan­i­sa­tion notes: “Over the past months, weeks and days we have been hor­ri­fied by the num­ber of in­ci­dents of rape. These hor­rific acts ap­pear de­lib­er­ate and cal­cu­lated to bring fear to the fe­male pop­u­la­tion in light of the fre­quency and grue­some­ness of the at­tacks.”

“The lat­est at­tacks, where a young woman was vi­o­lated in the pres­ence of her in­fant and the kid­nap­ping and a rape of a young woman, have re­newed con­cerns about the con­tin­u­ing vi­o­lence to­wards women in Saint Lu­cia, re­gard­less of their cul­ture, race or class,” the Raise Your Voice state­ment says.

“Raise Your Voice Saint Lu­cia Inc un­equiv­o­cally con­demns these vi­o­lent acts. It is clear that vi­o­lence against women knows no class or cul­tural bound­aries and much work re­mains to be done.

“We strongly urge all stake­hold­ers i.e. the me­dia, RSLPF, Depart­ment of Hu­man Ser­vices and Gen­der Re­la­tions, Women Sup­port Shel­ter, Saint Lu­cia Red Cross So­ci­ety, Saint Lu­cia Cri­sis Cen­tre and all NGOs and re­li­gious in­sti­tu­tions to step up and con­demn this be­hav­iour and stand firm with women in their strug­gles to end vi­o­lence.”

The or­gan­i­sa­tion says that al­though there have been some re­sponses from com­mu­nity and coun­try lead­ers con­demn­ing this form of vi­o­lence, these at­tacks re­quire a more com­pre­hen­sive re­sponse. It be­lieves we all need to speak out against male vi­o­lence and pub­licly con­demn vi­o­lence against women and hold men ac­count­able.

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