Sexual Violence In The Caribbean

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Sexual Violence Sexual violence is an issue that affects countless amounts of people all over the world. It plagues people of all shapes, sizes, ethnicities, and backgrounds. “Sexual violence is defined as a sexual act committed against someone without that person’s freely given consent” (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Online). The act of sexual violence is associated with a long list of public health concerns, including diseases, unwanted pregnancy, physical trauma, mental and emotional suffering, and death. Sexual violence includes and is not limited to, penetration, drugging someone for sexual gains, misuse of authority for sexual gains, peer pressure, unwanted sexual contact, and any other non-contact sexual experience. One…show more content…
Rape is defined as “the crime, typically committed by a man, of forcing another person to have sexual intercourse with the offender against their will” (English Oxford Living Dictionary, Online). Sexual violence can also include domestic violence. Sexual violence has been plaguing the Bahamas for years. In 1995, “sexual offences, particularly those involving women under 16 years, have police in Grand Bahama worried” (Thurston, 1). In 2007, with 133 rapes per 100,000 people, the Bahamas was reported to have one of the highest amounts of rapes per capita in the Caribbean (UN Women, Online). I believe that sexual violence is an appalling crime to commit and persons who commit this crime should be punished to the full extent of the law. In this paper, the causes and signs of sexual violence will be discussed, along with the stigma around it and various cases of sexual…show more content…
One of the most common reasons people give for sexual violence is that victims cause themselves to be targets by dressing in a provocative way, behaving in a promiscuous manner or being in the wrong place. It is evident that many people believe this, as during the Christmas season, the Royal Bahamas Police Force released a statement that attendees, specifically women should dress appropriately at the Junkanoo Parade Festival. This point of view is even backed up by Archdeacon James Palacious who even went as far as to say, “young ladies, if you are dressed like a prostitute, you will be treated like a prostitute” (Smith, online). This situation is called victim blaming and can lead to victims to believe they are in the wrong rather than those who commit these heinous

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