SOS Speaks Out On Sex Offender Registry Pledge
Speak Out St. Lucia has noted with “cautious optimism”, according to press release yesterday, pronouncements by the St. Lucia Labour Party regarding the establishment of a Sex Offender Registry.
Stated the communiqué: “S.O.S believes that victims should not be lulled into a false sense of security by statements made on political platforms when similar statements have been made in the past.
The group recalled the recently stated Justice Minister’s opposition to a Sex Offender Registry. The release went on: “Speak Out St. Lucia notes the absence of time frames and any detailed information on the implementation of the registry.”
It continued: “As has been mentioned in the past, a Sex Offender Registry can only be meaningful if the judicial system functions effectively. Additionally, of critical significance is an accredited and functional Forensics Laboratory. As has been stated on previous occasions, a functional judicial system must be in place to facilitate the effectiveness of a Sex Offender Registry. The investigation, arrest, prosecution, and conviction of perpetrators must all occur before the Registry can effectively play its part.
“Victims will no longer be comforted by gross generalizations and regurgitations of the past since there has been no reliable track record of actions taken to deal with issues affecting women and children. Statements made during election campaigns have no more credibility than those at any other time. Pledges made during this time are especially deserving of close scrutiny.”