Cultural Norms in Barbados: CHILD ABUSE and DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Reporting incidents of CHILD ABUSE is “encouraged” but not “mandatory” in #Barbados !!!!
WHAT A SHAME!!! THIS IS NOT A SAFE PLACE FOR CHILDREN!
This explains more as to why the people in Barbados are suffering psychologically.
This explains why there is such LAWLESSNESS! If abusers have no fear or repercussions when it comes to abuses inflicted upon the most innocent among us, WHY WOULD THERE BE ANY HESITATION to target the women who give birth to the children too??? Furthermore, this is a direct HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION on the part of the government of Barbados to protect it’s population and visiting tourists from the monsters that can hide behind this lack of protection and prey at will upon those whose voices will not be heard by law officials because there are no laws that says “it’s wrong to abuse children or women and it’s wrong to keep quiet about it.”

WHO IS THE REAL PREDATOgetR IN BARBADOS? What are a victim’s and even criminal’s rights when technically there are “no wrongs”?????

I won’t ever forget attending the “CHILDREN’S CROPOVER PARADE” because my abuser, Antonio Rudder’s daughter is a dancer and we attended to show her some support. However, I ended up fading into the crowd and detaching myself from Antonio while he snapped pictures because I WAS SO UNCOMFORTABLE with what I was witnessing. I questioned if it was due to my upbringing in the “PURITAN” society of America. I questioned if it was because I was intimidated by SEXY CARIBBEAN WOMEN AND GIRLS and just needed to join in the fun. I questioned how can I be supportive of my man, his daughter, my fellow African natives if I disagree with a significant event in their history and culture, #BarbadosCropOver. I felt deep within that what I was witnessing was the making of girls and boys into DESENSITIZED, OVER-SEXUALIZED HUMAN BEINGS. But is that a danger in and of itself????


HOW DOES UNICEF DEFINE CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE?

Child Sexual Abuse

Rape, forced and ‘consensual’ sexual intercourse with a minor

Incest

Children used as sexual objects in videos, photos or as pimps

Exposure to sexual materials through different media, e.g. radio, photos, movies, text, mobile telephone, Internet, parent/adult sexual toys, sexual DVDs

Exposing the child to the sexual act deliberately or unknowingly

Uncomfortable or intrusive touching of a child


REPORT ABUSE NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A report published on the Web site of the Yale Law School notes that since 1981, the Child Care Board has run a program that focuses on “child abuse,” “provid[ing] training and staff development on issues surrounding abuse and neglect cases, including the relevant legislation” (May 2005). According to the Yale Law School report,

[t]he Child Care Board encourages individuals to report suspected child abuse and neglect. Individuals may call or go to the department in person to report a case of suspected abuse or neglect. Anonymity is guaranteed to all reporting individuals. Referrals are received from victims themselves, from schools, family members, doctors, police and individuals who have knowledge of such an offence. It should be noted, however, that the reporting of child abuse and neglect is not mandatory, though it is encouraged….


****ALSO TO BE NOTED: THERE IS NO JUSTICE SYSTEM IN BARBADOS. JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED****

There is no formal Family Law Court in the Barbados. Child abuse and neglect cases are sometimes heard before courts, but for the purpose of prosecuting parent(s) in a criminal context. There is no indication that children are represented in any way in such criminal prosecutions, and the length of time taken for judicial hearings to actually take place is often very long, up to two years. (May 2005) via Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Barbados: Legal recourse and services available to children who are victims of domestic abuse, 8 March 2007, BRB102419.E


ACCEPTANCE OF INDECENT BEHAVIOR TOWARD CHILDREN BY ADULTS IS A MAJOR CONTRIBUTING FACTOR TO THE SPREAD OF ABUSE AND THE FAILURE TO REPORT IT. There are witnesses who stand by thinking “IT’S NORMAL” TO EXPOSE CHILDREN TO OUR FANTASIES, FETISHES, AND SEXY FETES. #CROPOVER IS A CHILD ABUSERS DREAM!!!!


According to UNICEF, Child sexual abuse is under-reported in Barbados!!!!!

Policy and practitioner interviews in Barbados, for example, exposed the difficulty of determining the actual incidence of child sexual abuse, recognising that the situation is characterised by persistent under-reporting. Reasons suggested for underreporting included shame and embarrassment, fear of the abuser and of possible reprisal, reluctance on the part of the family to admit what had happened, and the belief on the part of many victims that the veracity of their story would be questioned.

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THE CHILDREN OF BARBADOS, many who are now adults repeating the cycles of abuse, creating a culture and society of dysfunction, DESERVE OUR HELP!!!!! SPEAK OUT NOW!!!

UNICEF has observed and concluded that:

Media Have A Central Role To Play

Stakeholder consultations revealed that the media play a central role in determining how sexual behaviour is portrayed within Caribbean societies. The media both reflect and contribute to the formation of values and attitudes held by the general public. A significant majority of respondents – 72.5 percent – agreed with the statement that ‘Media campaigns against abuse would help to stop adults taking sexual advantage of children’.

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WE, THE MEDIA, CONDEMN THE BAJAN ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIORS from the shores of the CARIBBEAN, through the CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION: AFRICA and right on over to what many in Barbados consider: “BABYLON”/AMERICA. What other countries will join us in spreading the facts in order to effect change for the health & safety of OUR future WORLD leaders????

Child sexual abuse, at the policy level, should be reframed as a public health issue. While it is important to maintain recognition of abuse as a broader issue, affecting children’s rights and social relations, it also has serious implications for health. Child sexual abuse is implicated in teenage pregnancy, abortions (and related complications), mental illness, drug and alcohol abuse, prevalence of sexually transmitted infections and HIV transmission. The Regional Strategy on HIV-AIDS can provide a template for the development of the strategy on child sexual abuse. via UNICEF

#ProtectOurChildren
-Tru Focus-

3 thoughts on “Cultural Norms in Barbados: CHILD ABUSE and DOMESTIC VIOLENCE”

    1. The people of Barbados have to want change and so far there hasn’t been an outcry. The people outside of Barbados have voices that can be used for outreach and shedding light and appealing to international organizations to intervene if possible. There are many who are not aware and so any “media” outlets that continue spreading the word is DOING something. Appealing through the media to #protectthechildren may change at least ONE person’s mind about abusing a child or speaking out for a child and it only takes ONE person to make a difference. And individuals have many things they can personally do whatever their goal to effect change. This blog was a start for me. And there’s more to come. Maria, what can you do?

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