Victim Of Attempted Rape On Mission To Get Sex Offenders Registry In Barbados
Petais turning Aimey her (pseudonym)worst nightmare into a fight for justice. Mere weeks ago, Aimey was at home sound asleep with her children when the unthinkable happened. A man, whom she later discovered she knew, broke into her home and attempted to rape her at knifepoint. She luckily escaped after the intruder failed to get an erection. “He didn’t only try to invade my body; he invaded my mind and that is the worst part of it, because everytime I close my eyes, I keep seeing this man. His smell, everything about it, I can’t get rid of it,” she said in an emotional interview with Barbados Today online newspaper. Still angered and scared, Aimey is now taking her fight for justice to authorities.
She is demanding that Barbados establish an official register of sex offenders, stressing that the justice system and society as a whole must get tough on rapists.
“They [authorities] should have a list of every man that ever raped a woman, every attempted rapist, every child molester, every man that touched a minor . . . They should have a list, their name, their picture out there, every time they do it. Once they are charged and the story is right, put them out there, let us know who they are,” she appealed.
Aimey insists this approach can possibly prevent other women from being raped.
“How do we as women know about these men? They don’t tell us about them. They go to court normal and then they are back on the street. How do we get to know he is sitting down on the block there with men drinking, smoking or whatever. Do they know that he is a rapist? Do they know that he attempted to rape someone? Do they know that he attempted to rape their sister, their mother, even their daughter?”
And she is not stopping there. Aimey passionately believes lawmakers must revise sexual offences laws, pointing out that while her attacker failed at sexual penetration, police and authorities downplayed her allegations of rape. “How can you tell me that he didn’t rape me? Because there was no penetration? He tried. It just didn’t happen, it couldn’t happen,” she said.
She stressed that the justice system must improve its treatment of rape cases by dealing with them in a timely manner. Aimey is already getting strong support from the local chapter of the Business and Professional Women’s Club.
Club member Marlene Hewitt suggests a sex offender registry would be a great resource for women who may not be aware of the background of potential partners, as well as to help protect children from sexual predators.
“If you don’t know about that person but you check the register and that person is on the register, you may know ‘well, hey this is not someone that I want to be associated with’ and you may even tell other women that this person is on the register.” Hewitt however advised that only people who have been convicted of sexual offences should appear on the list.
A Barbadian rape victim is calling for the implementation of a sex offender’s registry that would allow members of any community to identify convicted sexual assault perpetrators living amongst them.