BPW supports call for sex offender registry

The local chapter of the Business and Professional Women’s Club (BPW) is supporting calls for the establishment of a sex offenders’ registry.

However, BPW member Marlene Hewitt is urging a certain degree of prudence in its application.

The latest call for such a registry came yesterday from the victim of a recent attempted rape, who told Barbados TODAY the authorities should list “every man that ever raped a woman, every attempted rapist, every child molester, every man that touch a minor under the age of 16” in the registry, adding that once a report can be verified, even those charged should be listed.

While throwing her support behind the call, Hewitt advised that only people who have been convicted of sex offences should appear on the list.

“You don’t want to have somebody being placed on the register before they are actually convicted because you don’t want to ruin anyone’s reputation,” Hewitt told Barbados TODAY.

Nevertheless, she said a registry would be a great resource for women who may not be aware of the background of potential partners.

“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.”

According to Hewitt, the register would also help protect children from sexual predators.

“I think we need to know who has been an offender in this area, and especially when it relates to children, you might want to monitor your children, where they are, who they play with etc, who they’re around. And if you know that a person is on a register you can keep them away from that offender. And if you don’t know, there’s no way you can protect your child,” Hewitt stressed

4 Responses to BPW supports call for sex offender registry

  1. justsaying November 24, 2016 at 11:23 am

    My thing is that you (women) know this about these men and still put yourselves in harms way and then it happens and now your scared……when you create a register with sex offenders your sons, nephews, fathers, brothers, uncles and best friends might end up on there and then what, you (woman) will defend his case as it being a mistake that happened and you dont know why his name is there or it was her parents that made her do it. I think some of you need to look into backgrounds of these men you associate with listen to the people in the neighborhood as they know him more than you ……..

  2. jrsmith November 24, 2016 at 11:48 am

    This register would be like having rodents and wanting to buy poison to kill them, but the rodents is the ones who is making the poison…….Only certain people would be on the register again only the minios .

  3. Hal Austin November 24, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Good ideas. We should also have one for fraudsters, pimps, drug dealers, drug users, thieves, burglars, reckless drivers, bad workmen and every other category of criminal.

  4. BIG SKY November 24, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    I think PROSTITUTION is a sexual offense also, and I would like to see A PROSTITUTION REGISTRY ALSO.


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