SOS Speaks Out On Sex Of­fender Registry Pledge

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

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.”

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