Tread carefully

Blackett enters sex registry debate

Minister of Social Care Steve Blackett has added his voice to the debate on a registry of sex offenders here to allow Barbadians easy access to information on convicted rapists and paedophiles.

Advocates of such a registry contend it would be an effective way to monitor sexual deviants and to protect children.

The idea has the backing of leading activists for the rights of children and women, as well as legal minds such as former Juvenile Court Magistrate Barbara Cooke-Alleyne.

Late last month a young woman who was the victim of an attempted rape made an emotional appeal for such a database, calling on the authorities to 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.

Speaking Wednesday on the sidelines of the For Every Child Hope concert at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre to mark the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Children’s Fund, Blackett suggested he was in favour of a registry.

However, he advised that the authorities needed to “tread carefully” with such a move, labelling it a “double-edged sword” that could scar people for life, particularly in a small society like Barbados, and because it would affect mostly men.

The minister added that a sex offender’s registry should only apply to “someone who has stood trial and it was proven beyond the shadow of a doubt that they are guilty of the offence”.

Blackett also gave his backing to a recommendation by former magistrate and child rights advocate Faith Marshall-Harris for a separate court to hear child abuse cases.

“I am in favour of anything that can improve the dispensation of justice. Justice delayed is justice denied, and if a separate court is among the things listed to bring these cases to finality, I would support it,” he said.

Blackett said Government was continuing to work with Marshall-Harris on “a complete revamping and refashioning of our legislation that will include many new features governing how we protect our children”.

He said the new legislation remained a work in progress.

17 Responses to Tread carefully

  1. Santini More
    Santini More December 16, 2016 at 6:07 am

    We need a Sex Offenders register so that it will be the damned predators who will “tread carefully”. Sex offenders should live in fear of the consequences to themselves if they commit these terrible acts, because at present they sure as hell never consider the consequences to their victims.

  2. Francis December 16, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Seriously Mr Minister???? Tread carefully????
    Anyone CONVICTED of a sexual offence should
    Be listed in the registry. Full Stop End of story!!

  3. Carson C Cadogan December 16, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Sex Offenders register is rubbish.

    It will only be used against men.

    • Peter December 16, 2016 at 3:40 pm

      I think Francis meant RECORDED not registered. to register him means he would be a professional and official not to mention authorized. Did the BRA collect a registration fee?

  4. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner December 16, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Minister look around the world this is done all over the world but we talking about backwards thinking politicians in Barbados so hence the endless blowing of hot air.

  5. Bajan Positve Brian
    Bajan Positve Brian December 16, 2016 at 8:38 am

    This could get so dangerous. Realize that this is labeling someone and possibly their family for life. Barbados is such a place where the mistake my haunt someone and never give them a chance to rehabilitate and be productive in society.
    However, some of these guys need to be monitored as they could be repeat offenders.

  6. Bajan Positve Brian
    Bajan Positve Brian December 16, 2016 at 8:39 am

    While they looking at registering people, register the deported people as they have and continue to cause chaos throughout the region.

  7. Dave Person
    Dave Person December 16, 2016 at 9:24 am

    It funny the things we do to make ourself’s feel good. This is barbados. You can do jail for something like child abuse and hide from it. BUT a formal registry would have uses for institutions so it should be looked into. But please don’t let the femanist weaponise it. They distort everything. Only convictions should be public and phiscal abuse should be included as well after all we are looking out for the children.

  8. Father of a DAUGHTER and Son of a MOTHER !!!! December 16, 2016 at 9:40 am

    A Sex Offenders Register could never be considered “rubbish” by any sentient being CCC!!!!

    A Sex Offenders Register would be used to ensure that MEN will not be able to easily abuse WOMEN or CHILDREN.

    A Sex Offenders Register ensures that members of our law abiding society will be made aware of the crimes committed by these men. Our members will also be on their guard around these individuals. It also allows for the repeat perpetrator to be quickly dealt with by the law with a hopefully harsher penalty for a repeat offence!!!

    The 2006 Australian act states this:

    The object of this Act is to protect children from sexual predators by—

    (a) requiring certain persons who may have a propensity to commit sexual offences against children to keep the Commissioner of Police informed of their whereabouts and other personal details for a period of time—

    (i) to reduce the risk of such offences being committed; and
    (ii) to facilitate the investigation and prosecution of any offences that are committed; and
    (b) preventing such persons from engaging in child-related work.

    If a Sex Offenders Register makes at least ONE man think before he forces himself on a woman it will have been successful in its purpose!!!

    Father of a DAUGHTER and Son of a MOTHER !!!!

  9. Hal Austin December 16, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Here we are again importing ideas from the US and Britain. I know Barbadians do not do irony, but let’s register every criminal.

    • Richard Johnston December 16, 2016 at 12:37 pm

      In the US it doesn’t protect children at all. It just gives a few busybody nut cases an excuse to put posters in their neighborhood.

  10. jrsmith December 16, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    My take , tread carefully, Mr, Blackett, why ,because the people who commit most of this type of behaviour , is the same people who make the laws and need to enforced the same…..
    @, Bajan PB, hail, hail, you are just thinking of yourself , Do you know anyone who’s young daughter of 11 years has been molested and by her uncle, this happen to some one I know for a short time. The bastard is serving 7 years in a (UK) prison , which after his time , he would be deported back to the region of the West Indies….

    In the (UK) the (US) Canada and others one of the worlds biggest religious group, is paying reparation to families for the same nastiness which would be condone in Barbados…
    In the (UK)cases upon cases dating back 30-40 years is not being
    investigated and prosecutions are made, hip, hip hooray , just get the dirty bastards……

  11. jrsmith December 16, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    My take , tread softly ,MR,Blackett, why, because the people who commit most of this type of crime and behaviour , are the same ones who would make the laws and would have enforcement of the same……
    @,Bajan PB,hail,hail, you are just think of yourself or who else ….
    Do you know anyone who’s young daughter of 11 years old was molested and by her uncle ,I do, he is now spending 7 years in a jail in the (UK) and would be deported back to the region……

    In the (UK) (CANADA) the (US) and other places , one of the world’s largest religious groups , is paying millions of dollars in reparation to families who kids were interfered with dating back years…..also in the (UK) they are investigating and prosecuting many cases dating back 30-40 years…

  12. h.calndre December 16, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    Tread carefully on what or for what, who are they protecting? Do these protectors know something. Do they ever think what its like for a child, male or female to be molested? these predators should not even be allow back into the neighborhood.

  13. jrsmith December 16, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    Just a little update , a gentle of 102 years old was found guilty of child molestation in the (UK) today, decades ago and was told by the judge his prison sentence is going to be in double figures, meaning he will die in prison……

  14. Jennifer December 16, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    @Hal Austin- well said, this is all these people can do. just like sheep, just follow, never leading. The veri chip next believe you me. This is how they got into all this mess of enslavement in the first place.

  15. Tony Waterman December 17, 2016 at 3:31 am

    “”The minister added that a sex offender’s registry should only apply to “someone who has stood trial and it was proven beyond the shadow of a doubt that they are guilty of the offence””.
    I Really doon’t Understand this statement by the Minister, because one can ONLY get on The “SEX REGISTRY” After being Arrested for committing the EGE Offence,a POLICE Investigation of the ALLEGED Offence, Being CHARGED for Committing the ALLEGED Offence,Being Tried in a Court of Law, Convicted abd Sentenced by a Court of Law.
    Mr.Minister!!! Can you explain to the People of Barbados why you think that the Perpretrators of such a Crime who have gone through what i have listed above, should NOT be put on a Registry.and Sir!!! Do you really think that this sword could have two edges ??? I wonder why.


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