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Letter of the Day: Punish paedophiles

Published:Friday | May 8, 2015 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Over the last few weeks, there have been several panel discussions and public forums on parenting and the behaviour of underage girls reflecting our 'recent discovery' of the sexual abuse of children.

The panel discussions typically follow the line of Glen Tucker's article of several weeks ago, which focused on parenting while ignoring criminality.

The fact remains that it is criminal for an adult to engage in sex with a minor. Our children are protected by law, whether they 'want it' or 'dem parents okay wid it'. No one can force an adult male to have sex with a child. So, stop explaining the problem and fix the problem by sending these paedophiles to prison.

Our 'experts' on child abuse have picked up our tendency to place the blame and greatest burden on the weakest link - poor women and children. The strongest link in the sexual abuse of children is the men who use money to entice sexual favours from children.

These paedophiles are to be our focus. We need a specific crime bill on paedophiles and the establishment of a paedophile registry. Further, we should make it a criminal offence to video and distribute footage of underage sex.

The 'diversion programme' pilot project being operated by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) focused on children under 16 years old who are engaging in sexual relationships is another indication of our distorted approach. Why is the JCF engaged in a diversion programme when there are paedophiles preying on our children? The JCF is wasting resources that should be spent on apprehending criminals.

 

a parental and community problem

 

Underage children engaging in sex with each other is a parental and community problem. We would have hoped by now that the law on sexual abuse was amended to treat underage boys and girls equally.

We can all agree that parenting is the most significant factor in successfully raising children, and we should continue to advocate for good parenting skills. However, sting operations that focus on the child and parent in the sex trade will not solve the problem. Focus on the perpetrators.

We have to debunk the cultural attitudes towards schoolers and 'well-developed beauty'. Paedophiles have to be arrested and convicted and sent to prison. We need not be soft on crime.

ROBERT MACGREGOR

mcgregor2014@yahoo.com

Rose Hall, St James