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Molesting dads cause girls to run away – AG

An increasing number of underage girls are being molested by close relatives including their fathers and uncles, Government’s chief legal adviser has charged.

Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite made this claim last night as he blamed this and a lack of parental guidance for the growing levels of truancy among young girls.

Earlier this week, police spokesman Acting Assistant Superintendent David Welch told Barbados TODAY that ten girls, the majority aged 14 or 15, had been reported missing this year. The police have since issued an appeal seeking the public’s assistance in finding another missing 14-year-old girl.

Addressing a meeting of the Men’s Educational Support Association (MESA) at St Michael School, Brathwaite said the situation at home was forcing these children to seek comfort and security elsewhere.

“Many of these young girls who you see walking the streets and misbehaving, are misbehaving because of the serious issues that they have within their households,” he told the gathering of mostly middle-aged and older men and a spattering of women.

“The serious issues are either lack of parental guidance from the female, because most of them are in single parent households, or they’re being abused by their fathers, their uncles, whoever else, and that’s what they run away from. In most cases they’re the victims.”

Brathwaite spoke to the group on various aspects of law enforcement and the amended Domestic Violence (Protection Orders) Act recently approved by parliament.

“If you are in a household where everything is being provided for you, you are unlikely to disappear for two or three days and keep on running away from home,” he added.

The minister said the men who preyed on the juveniles often got away with it because the victims were afraid to speak out or family members refused to press charges.

This, he said, presented law enforcement officials with a challenge to bring charges against the perpetrators.

“In many cases the girls are reluctant to provide information. In some cases the family close ranks and decide that it is better for them to save shame.”

He condemned this practice, adding that the victims were often left “with all kinds of scars” that could last a lifetime.

“Our young girls, and young boys – because young boys are also being molested – must be allowed to grow up and enjoy the things that we as children enjoyed,” he insisted.

9 Responses to Molesting dads cause girls to run away – AG

  1. Iartin Iackman
    Iartin Iackman February 26, 2016 at 4:14 am

    One would have expected the AG to provide some form of proof to his claim in the form of statistics. Maybe Barbados Today needs to do a follow-up on this article and provide the public some facts to support this,because it paints a very ugly picture of fathers in Barbados.

  2. Julie February 26, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Where are the facts to support this?
    Terrible branding….

  3. Kevin February 26, 2016 at 11:12 am

    What proof do you guys want exactly? You want the AG to name name’s, name perpetrators, and name victims? Or you just want the stats?

  4. Viterose Elaine Van Huis February 26, 2016 at 11:47 am

    There is always hope for those girls. One of them wrote this book it brings hope to the girls and their parents Bone IN The Alley. Available at Chattle House Books.

  5. lester February 26, 2016 at 11:49 am

    No Mr. AG its a case of delinquency where some parents are concern, yes there is evidence of such but the main problem is men n women having irresponsible sex oblivion to the reality that no contraceptives = pregnancy and or STD transmission, we have a large amount of parent delinquency in Barbados

  6. Diana February 26, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Thank you Kevin …14 and 15 running away from home is proof enough.

  7. dave February 26, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    Just shows how sick this Country is
    Independence was wasted on the people of Barbados. The English ex-pats need to come back and point this ignorant people in Barbados in the right direction

  8. Alicia Jno-Baptiste February 26, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    West Indian men been molesting young girls for years. ..and yall all know it. …it should have been made some laws . ….against this…..

  9. janette reifer February 27, 2016 at 1:35 am

    So if this is true! How come up until now that legislation have not been amended and laid in Parliament pertaining to child rape ? Girls have been reported missing for sometime and so far I have not heard of anyone brought before the Law Courts to face charges. I may be wrong, but these cases seem to be swept under the carpet or just die a natural death.
    Since the AG knows about these situations. Then he must do more than talk about them because the power is in his hand…Believe it or not !


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