THE EDITOR, Sir:
One has to be extremely disturbed by the social deterioration that has, in recent times, been highlighted in the media. We join all well-thinking Jamaicans in their shock, disappointment and call for responsibility and accountability for actions from all stakeholders and bring all perpetrators to book through our justice system.
What has brought us here?
I would like to remind Jamaicans that partisan and divisive politics, a culture of intolerance, and the shifting of certain values/belief systems have been major factors leading to antisocial behaviours being displayed by our people.
The 'revelations' of sexual violence, murder and corruption being unleashed on the Jamaican family are not new, but are unfortunate manifestations resulting from the inequitable and iniquitous distribution of wealth in our society.
I believe that we are a very reactive society that identifies problems and then tries to solve them after they have occurred. Does this not cost us more in the long run? Both socially and economically?
We need to ensure all policies and programmes protect the Jamaican family. No one should be excluded. Protection is all-inclusive. The appropriate proactive pooling of resources, talents and cooperation will ensure better future outcomes for our nation and its people.
If not, our Vision 2030 will be impaired and misguided. It may remain just that - a vision not seen nor realised, perhaps just a figment of the imagination.
Programme Officer, Jamaica
Youth Advocacy Network