BASSETERRE, St. Kitts (KYSS FM) – Overwhelming calls are being made for social reform in relation to the societal response to allegations of, and actual cases of, sexual misconduct.
Many of those calls have been very specific concerning the need for amendments to be made to current social misconduct policies, with the objective of aligning the changes with international laws.
The social uproar comes in the shadow of the recent arrest and criminal charges leveled against a high ranking government official over accusations of alleged sexual misconduct.
One informed source, who is connected to a government agency that addresses sexual offences, has revealed to SKN News now that over the past year a number of sexual misconduct allegations have been made by victims against bus drivers, teachers, family members and church members.
“What is quite concerning is the length of some of the (sexual misconduct) cases being tried. This discourages some persons and they lose interest in pursuing the matter. Also there are a number of cases that do not make it to court level or even if they do, they get dismissed,” the source lamented.
Up to press time, inquiries by SKN NEWS NOW to authorities in various agencies responsible for handling reports related to sexual offences had not received further explanation as to why some cases did not make court proceedings.