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Decriminalise prostitutionT&T, February 05, 2018: Yesterday, the Sunday Guardian exposed the reality facing many immigrants in this country.Citizens fleeing hardship in their home country are often shackled into modern day slavery. They are lured by the promise of a better life. The ambiguity of this new life arrangement seems more appealing than the current conditions they are now facing.

 

Charities And The Fight Against CorruptionJamaica, February 3, 2018: Kudos to international reggae artiste Shaggy for meeting his target of $100m for the Bustamante Hospital for Children. His Make a Difference Foundation held a charity event earlier this year and had major buy-in from corporate sponsors and music lovers. The money will provide an opportunity to install new equipment and modern technology at this major health-care facility for children.

 

Puzzled by Minister’s commentGuyana, February 2, 2018: We are grateful to Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan for recognising The Caribbean Voice (TCV) as a credible NGO. We are also thrilled with the Minister’s words, “I would support Caribbean Voice, they have done some work in Guyana”. However we are a bit puzzled by the Minister’s statement, “I want to see them going down on the ground doing much more work.” After all, doing work on the ground is what we’re about.

 

THE CORPORAL PUNISHMENT DILEMMABarbados, February 1, 2018: Is it time to end corporal punishment?That question of whether or not our country should still in engage in corporal punishment is one that is often debated, with many persons standing on both sides of the argument. The pros believe that it is an effective way of disciplining children and even deterring them from doing wrong, and those against believe that it is abuse and that it is a violent act and violence promotes violence.

 

Domestic violenceGuyana, January 31, 2018: Domestic violence has been described as “… behaviour which causes one partner in a relationship to be afraid of the other. Domestic violence can take the form of physical or sexual abuse and forced social isolation away from friends and family members.” However, domestic violence has many victims besides spousal partners.

 

Better Treatment for the HomelessGuyana, January 31, 2018: t is said that governments are judged by how they treat the most vulnerable members in their respective societies. Guyana is not an exception. In the general scheme of things, and with glaring challenges on virtually every problem in Guyana, there are some critical issues that will not get the attention they rightly deserve from the government.

 

Romanticizing Mental IllnessTrinidad & Tobago, January 30, 2018: I have gotten a few emails concerning this topic on romanticizing mental illness – they had highlighted quite a few movies and television shows and series, some I know all too well and others I have not – which all I might add has indeed put the spotlight on mental illness, by portraying what it’s like to have a mental illness and even giving the wrong impression that romantic love can cure mental illness.

 

Differentiating between Nude and LewdDominica, January 30, 3018: A century ago the American artist Robert Henri wrote:“There is nothing in all the world more beautiful than the nude human body. It is not only among artists, but among all people, that a greater appreciation and respect for the human body should develop. When we respect the nude we will no longer have any shame about it.”In the Caribbean, carnival is culture and culture, at least here in Dominica, is classified as art. I question that last linkage, but let’s leave it be, for it gives me a slender qualification to say what I have to say on the subject of this commentary.

 

A Candle in the Darkness You can’t always pray your way outT&T, February 05, 2018: MY name is Crystal. I learned in a networking workshop that you shouldn’t introduce yourself with “my name is”, but except for the fact that I got 200 business cards printed with Crystal Abraham, Educator, nothing from that workshop really stuck, and now I have 180 business cards in my desk drawer. When I’m not in the classroom, I’m writing, and one day I’ll finish the next great West Indian novel.

 

Scorn Viral Child PornJamaica, February 04, 2018: How sick can you be to view a video of an infant child being forced to perform an unthinkable act on an adult? There is approximately one cell phone per person in this country, and if we judge it according to the adult population, we have close to two phones per adult. However, increased phone access has resulted in diminished cerebral capacity and judgement.Around four out of every five adults in Jamaica are parents, and every single person on this island and in the diaspora has nieces, nephews, little cousins and other vulnerable relatives. Somebody needs a lesson in how to deal with the affairs of children, and not just the nasty perpetrator who carried out the dastardly act.

STAY VIGILANTBarbados, February 3, 2018: Wednesday January 31 marked the end of Drug Awareness Month, and as we analyse the significance of this month, we must take into account the fact that drug awareness is not only limited to drug use, as it encompasses the dynamics of the drug trade and its effects on the population.

 

 

 

Sexual violence against childrenFebruary 03, 2018: Recently, a number of cases involving children being sexually assaulted engaged the attention of the courts here. During the hearings, in quite a few of them, the nation was shocked to learn of the details which emerged of how the victims were sexually and physically abused. In one of the cases, a logger was found guilty on two counts of sexual activity with a child family member by the jury at the High Court. A relative of the victim read out the girl’s statement in court where the child outlined that she lives in discomfort and harbours difficulty relating to males.

We have worked hard to stay above the fray

Guyana, January 30, 2018: Recently The Caribbean Voice contacted Ms Akola Thompson after learning of her website facilitating Guyanese to report abuse confidentially (reportabusegy.com) and we requested her permission to link to her website from our website (www.caribvoice.org). Subsequently, we invited her to talk about the site at our press conference on January 19th.

In a letter in the Kaieteur News of January 22 captioned ‘I am not a member of The Caribbean Voice’, responding to an article of January 21st in that same newspaper, Ms Thompson stated, “I am not working with the Caribbean Voice, nor have I worked with them at any point. I really do not want my name associated as a member.” The underlined sentence seems to attribute negative implications to membership of The Caribbean Voice.

The Caribbean Voice has never invited Ms Thompson to become a member nor have we ever stated/implied that she is. Our reaching out to her was in keeping with one of the pillars of our anti-violence campaign – Building Stakeholders’ Collaboration for Social Activism. And we have worked very hard to stay above the fray and build bridges across all divides, as reflected in both our membership and our work.

We are and continue to remain a truly professional entity operating on the basis of ethics and principles and displaying the most profound dedication and commitment to saving lives and empowering people. And our interactions and relationships with stakeholders and the wider community have and will continue to be positive and affirming.

Meanwhile The Caribbean Voice extends an open invitation to Ms Akola Thompson to continue to collaborate as we strive to positively impact the social landscape. Her activism is a valuable part of this process.

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ABUSE IS NOT LOVE NOR IS IT EVER JUSTIFIED. WE UNDERSTAND THAT IT MAY BE DIFFICULT TO WALK AWAY BUT AT LEAST SEEK HELP. THINK ABOUT YOUR CHILDREN AND/OR YOUR FUTURE. YOU DO HAVE OPTIONS.