Vic­tim Of At­tempted Rape On Mis­sion To Get Sex Of­fend­ers Reg­istry In Bar­ba­dos

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

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.

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