Sex Offender’s Registry to enact into St. Vincent and the Grenadines Law.


Sex Offender’s Registry to enact into St. Vincent and the Grenadines Law.
Sex Crime is endemic in the Caribbean region recognized by the United Nations globally as one of the regions with the highest rates of sex crime.
“Three of the Top Ten Rape Rates in the World Occur in the Caribbean”
Source: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the World Bank (2007). Crime, Violence, and Development: Trends, Costs, and Policy Options in the Caribbean.
CARICOM IMPACs has also noted an increase in registered sex offenders entering the region through its APIS system, this was disclosed during a closed-door meeting on February 22nd, 2018.
The impact of this problem is that citizens of CARICOM are at risk, and those who are survivors of sex crime face serious mental and physical health concerns that will cost the economies of their nation states in productivity and medical expenses. “30% of rape victims have had a major depressive episode. 13% of Rape victims have attempted suicide a rate 13 times higher than non-rape victims” (Kilpatrick et al., 1992).

It is time for action. To this end, Leave Out Violence in SVG (LOVNSG) a nonprofit organization with its mandate on violence against women and children along with other concerned Vincentians and individuals are requesting the attention of the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to enact a sex offender’s registry into law.
The Vincentian population is adversely impacted weekly by   reported incidents of rape, statutory rape, sexual violence against women as well as violence against children. Recently, a video circulated of a man having sexual intercourse with an under aged girl, several reports of child rape and molestation occur on a regular basis. Last year an 11 year old girl was kidnapped and raped by a man on the Leeward side of the island. This left a village under distress and a young girl scarred for life. St. Vincent and the Grenadines also has a high rate of incest, where fathers and other relatives have preyed on their young daughters and taken away their innocents.
Various countries in the world have sex offenders’ registry such as, The United States, Canada and The United Kingdom. Countries in the Caribbean region like Trinidad, Antigua (who recently brought the bill to the house of Parliament) have implemented sex offender’s registries because of the necessity and urgency of such a program.
Crimes of a sexual nature are on the rise and the prevailing situation makes it possible not only for sexual predators to repeat their crimes, but also places citizens, especially women, children and young people at great risks of being victimized by such sexual predators. A registry of sex offenders will warn citizens of sexual predators in their communities thereby enabling them to be on high alert and take extra precautions to protect the most vulnerable. A registry could also act as a deterrence to potential sexual predators who may think twice about engaging in such acts for fear of being caught and punished.
It is critical that as a new member with effective post in 2020 of the United Nations Security Council that St. Vincent and the Grenadines be sensitized to the importance of dealing with sex crimes that affect our women, children and our entire nation.