Tue | Sep 19, 2017

Stand up to social-media bullies

Published:Friday | March 24, 2017 | 3:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I would like to introduce another element to the Tambourine Army debate - the possibility of gender bias. For example, for many years in the USA, sexual abuse of girls in school, by their male teachers, resulted in very harsh sentences being imposed on the guilty men, while female teachers who were punished seemed to receive lighter sentences. This until outrage was expressed by many, and in recent years, sentences have been more or less similar for the same levels of abuse.

One wonders in our case here in Jamaica if a male advocate decided to publish the names of women who perform certain types of work at nights on Back Road, would he be embraced by the persons who are defending the Tambourine Army?

If some of the women who are exposed turn out to be innocent, but their reputations have now been damaged and their children are now being taunted, is the only remedy available to be found in civil courts?

In the event that she is not able to prove her case, years after hefty legal bills, what?

Many media reports have suggested that even well-educated young women have been linked to certain the activities on Back Road. If even one person is mistakenly exposed, that would be one too many.

Let us not encourage social-media bullying, but find other ways to tackle serious problems, without resorting to varying forms of vigilante justice, whether it unmasks men or women.

JON READER

jonnreader@gmail.com