Caustic Man Destroys Women in the Caribbean

Submitted by Nathan Green, April 2020

Caustic can be looked upon as a chemical that is flesh destroying, or a man with the same qualities as the chemical.

One of the very worst things that can happen to a woman, a young boy, or a child is to be raped. Rape in a particular island in the Caribbean seems to be part of the culture, and cannot be blamed on just the black man as so many try and do. Yes, black men rape, so do white men.

In a predominantly white society it is mainly white men who rape, and vice versa in a black society.

But how do you feel about a white man committing mass rape, molestation, and assault against innocent black girls and women? 

Rapists can come from all walks of life, doctors, religious leaders, politicians, and just simple people you can see all around you every day. I suppose the worst is when it comes from someone you know and trust, a member of your family, your priest or pastor, or prime minister. 

One set of islanders have had their name sullied by a political leader who has been charged with rape and other sexual actions. Accusations so numerous they go back forty years. A man who has been accused of sexual molestation and assault by not one or two women, but dozens, and perhaps there are a hundred more waiting to lodge a complaint against him. A man that, if you put his name in an internet search engine followed by the word rape, will generate more than thirty-eight thousand pages. Try it right now for yourselves, first and second name then a comer, and the word rape, press enter. Wow! What did I tell you, bingo. There are stories, foreign newspaper reports, videos, and YouTube contributors, it will take you weeks if you read and look at everything. Not written by me but hundreds of other people. 

You may think under the circumstances such a person would have been dealt with by the law many years ago. Yet during the last twenty years he has never been interviewed by the police, never appeared in a court of law to face his accusers. How is that possible I hear you all asking, how in God’s name is that possible?

Because he has such a control over the police and judiciary and has made laws to protect himself from prosecution for his vile acts, he has become invincible, untouchable. 

He once compared himself to Christ and said when he is out walking; people want to touch his robes, his cuffs, his hems, even his feet.

So how come people vote for him? Because he is a walking piggy bank, dropping a coin here, and little envelopes with a $50, here and there. He gives out contracts to his friends, gives gifts to those that vote for him. Even gives out prime, top-paying jobs in government-owned corporations to the upper echelon inside and outside of his regime, and those favored by him. To the very top supporters he recommends Knighthoods from the Queen. Then before every election, gives away $20 million, perhaps double or more in building materials to villagers for whole villages to vote for him. He is a walking money tree to a people of which the majority has absolutely nothing. And that is the sweet side of him; woes betide anyone who would dare cross him or not support him, even worse anyone that openly changes sides and supports someone else. He will ensure that person, their family, their extended family, and also close friends, are destroyed financially, lose their jobs, and remain unemployed forever. The numerous islanders that had to take refuge abroad are an indication of just how bad he is. 

Some people on the islands may know someone who has been sexually molested by a leader, school girls who want to buy school books or want to get scholarships, women who want food to feed their children and babies, even women who wish to hold political or business meetings with him.

I hear you ask, how can a man remain in society without someone dealing with him because if the police and the judiciary cannot, someone inevitably will? He surrounds himself with armed plainclothes police bodyguards, eighty of them allows for shifts to be scheduled. He is never without armed protection. He ensures that the police, director of public prosecutions, and judiciary are selected by him and therefore owe him a favor, even paying them a stipend for his privileged protection from the laws they are sworn to uphold. He picks people from his political party who, without his support, will never reach the top in their chosen professions, they owe him, and he reaps that harvest whenever and as frequently as he wants. 

He has become such a bullying menace to journalists that the news media, online or printed, are either in his pay, on his favor list, or have been terrorized by him and are frightened to report the truth. Newspaper owners and editors, online media owners and editors, stay quiet if they want to remain in business, often scared to ask a pertinent question, never daring to ask about his accusers of rape and sexual molestation. The media is so frightened of him that they are no longer serving the best interests of the people; they are now an encouraging force for him to continue in his filth.  

There is so much more I can write here, but I think that is enough for you all to digest for now. Except perhaps the following!

A message from one of the victims

So many years past being raped, I tell myself what happened is ‘in the past.’ This is only partly true. In too many ways, the past is still with me. The past is written on my body. I carry it every single day. The past sometimes feels like it might kill me. It is a very heavy burden.”

And from another

I am now forty, I was only fifteen when he violently raped me, and left me with my clothes in tatters.”

And yet another

I am a lawyer; one would think that would be enough to deter him raping me, but apparently not.”

I am sure the confusion will arise when you find this behavior may apply to several Caribbean leaders.

I writing this I have named no names because I myself am unsure who this best applies to. So its the responsibility of each reader to make up their own minds, who is it, is it fact or is it fiction, because it can quite easily be either.

If anyone is offended by what I have written or what they themselves decide, I am sorry about that.

Sexual Terrorism: “The Rape of the Black Women” – Historical Reverberations and Imprecations of Blood Lust

Submitted by Terence Blackett
“Pornography is the theory – Rape is the practice”  – Robin Morgan

pornographyRape is rape! There are no grey areas. Its checkered history goes back to the African slave trade and the pernicious commodification in slave breeding and forced pregnancy through rape and other misogynistic practices by both white and black males.

In this past week, it has come to my attention of the rape of a very close and dear family member in Barbados, who after an evening workout on the Boardwalk, was making her way home when she was abducted, anesthetized and sexually violated. In the aftermath of that violent incident, the perpetrator then threatened to murder her and her family if she disclosed the incident to the police – pushing her even further down the proverbial rabbit hole.

Surely no woman (red, yellow, black or light) should be a victim of such vituperation from any man – regardless of subliminal incitement, androstadienone pheromones or how she jiggles her pert, voluptuous backside!

Clearly, some Bajan men have now sunk to new depths of moral and ethical depravity!

In a “tiny” country like Barbados, covering a mere 166 sq. miles, with a population under 300,000 people; with a 99.8% literacy rate and a social infrastructure that is the envy of the world – how is it possible that such violent, sexual, predatory crimes are allowed to go unchecked – as serial rapists walk the streets either on bail or purposely stalled into oblivion by a legal system hijacked by shrewd, wicked, evil, corrupt lawyers who know how to play the system?

Moreover, how has the legal system in Barbados been allowed to reach such a state of almost total dilapidation and meltdown? Jurists are clearly out of their depth – punching above their moral weight, while the subliminal effects of rampant “CORRUPTION” appear almost virulent – to the point of almost dire contagion.

As a result, the quality of “epistemic justice” is strained as “LAWYERS” are nothing more than hogs with their snouts nuzzled in a melliferous trough of monetary largesse – profiting at the hands of the poor, disadvantaged and those who have been victimized and doubly screwed over.

Are those who are responsible for enacting laws and securing social justice for the weakest of its citizens asleep at the wheel? Has the polarization & destabilization of imported wealth placed the least fortunate in Bajan society in the camp of those of a “lesser God”?

So how did we get here as a society? How do we explain this moral rift we find ourselves in – where a major cross-section of our society (mothers, sisters, aunts, wives & girlfriends) cannot feel safe walking the streets or feel comfortable to be alone in the company of men? How do argue this narrative from a perspective that would reach those who believe they are educated and enlightened? How do you “SPIN” this tangled web of deceit, viciousness and evil that would even make any kind of sense?

Social science commentary on this most vicious and cruel of all moral issues regarding male violence and avowed misogynistic views and behaviours purport a broadly ethnomethodological approach – mediated by sociological stylistics influenced to a large degree by what is called discursive psychology that is underpinned by so-called reported crime statistics, with an equally glaring body of unreported discourses and narratives that oftentimes remain lodged in the hubris of silence and emotional distanciation.

As far back as 1949, (17 years before we gained Independence from our Colonial pariah masters), the “Systematic Rape” of any people had been considered a “WAR CRIME” by the Geneva Conventions! This form of targeted human genocide was euphemized as “ETHNIC CLEANSING” – however, its application when it came to the Indigenous Peoples of the world including enslaved Africans everywhere that has been a prominent feature throughout the gruesome 400+ year Serpentine advance of European colonial imperialisation – endemic with all the ravages experienced by the Black family, tells a squalid tale of puerile victimisation.

Over the years, those who have written the historical record, including the protagonists, propagandists and demagogues have all employed a combination of specious sophistry, white lies and mind-numbing ‘tricknology’, subliminally projecting ALL of their rape-filled Caucasian history onto the Black male. As a result, the epigenesis now plays itself out through the social construction of “lies, damn lies & rock ‘n’ roll that is reinforced by the wicked, vile images perpetrated by the White moviemakers of HollyWeird who are quick to push “PORN” down our throats as they objectify the Black woman as nothing more than a “piece of ARSE” – a Jezebel to be ravaged with or with consent.

Rape as a means of social control was explicitly used during the era of the plantocracy system and during the Antebellum period in AmeriKKKa to create a “MULATTO” buffer zone over Black Africans. The “mulattos” became the “house Negros” and were trained to keep the Black Africans in check and compliant with the aims and objectives of the slave owner. This long arm of historicity has reached down even to our time.

In the words of Tim Wise – “At the heart of our national dialogue on rape – to the extent we can even be said to have one, in the true sense of what dialogue implies – stands a persistent and rather transparent contempt for women, indeed a hatred so complete as to call into question just how many of us actually accept the idea that women are full human beings at all.”

Rabbi Harold Sharfman cited that Frenchmen for example, were “whitening” African females for sexual purposes, and by selective breeding, for a myriad of roles, some produced Mulatto types [with] remarkably exquisite facial features, lithe bodies, small hands and feet” – an “exotic” specie of woman to be used as a tool of sexual indulgence, promiscuous pleasure and kinky gratification.

According to the narrative of the time, Thomas Jefferson famously molested his 14-year-old Black captive slave girl named Sally Hemings, forcing her into a long-term relationship with her rapist and producing six children from her as a result as she was a beauty.

In the research work of feminist Erinn Cunniff Gilson entitled: “Intersubjective Vulnerability, Ignorance & Sexual Violence”, she argues that: “This view of vulnerability, relies on racist and classist assumptions in addition to sexist ones…”

Gilson cites Rachel Hall’s (2004:4) work in “IT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU” arguing that through the reiteration of this particular construction of female vulnerability “[rape] prevention discourses reinvest white and middle-class women with a sense of preciosity” and obstructs recognition of the risk non-white and working class women face. This view of vulnerability actually renders an array of people more vulnerable because it buttresses rigid norms for victims (i.e., female, feminine, heterosexual, sexually pure, non-agential, and invested with social worth). Vulnerability, she believes is divvied up along gender lines, construed as a burden women bear and an impairment men avoid, but also a quality that indicates one’s value, one’s worthiness of protection…”

Gilson also believes that “although Black men are historically vulnerable to racist allegations of rape and violent reprisals that serve to maintain the white supremacist racial order, perceiving vulnerability in terms of sexual violability and a generalizable weakness works with racist stereotypes (BLACK MEN AS SEXUALLY AGGRESSIVE) to render vulnerability antithetical to Black masculinity. Overall, these beliefs about vulnerability work in conjunction with wilful ignorance of intersubjective vulnerability as a shared condition…”

The bottom line is this: Bajan women do not appear to be safe and that vulnerability is having toxic repercussions for families’ right across this good and pleasant land. Women must be protected from sexual predators. For as long as men continue to treat women as figments of violent sexual objectification – they will inevitably continue to play out their psychotic sexual fantasies making more vulnerable women notches on their bedpost – as they seek out more and more women to satisfy these lurid sexual urges and desires.

Sadly I must give Erinn Gilson’s the last words on this epistemic eye-opener, on the rapacious nature of a rape culture both in Barbados and even here in the United Kingdom and across the world (especially in war-torn areas where #ISIS has permeated).

Gilson believes firmly that what is the “core problem for social justice is the failure of many to understand fully and accurately the particular patterns of vulnerability to sexual violence experienced by those situated in diverse ways. Yet this problem has deeper roots in the repudiation of intersubjective vulnerability: a pervasive unwillingness to be vulnerable in this most fundamental of ways pre-empts understanding of the complexity and depth of vulnerability…”

For she contends that “one cannot understand others’ experiences, one’s responsibility in relation to others, and the limits of one’s beliefs if one cannot acknowledge that one too shares in a basic openness to the corporeal and social world. Denying inter-subjective vulnerability goes hand in hand with more limited, social functional beliefs about vulnerability. Thus, ignorance of intersubjective vulnerability as a common condition means that one cannot understand how rape often affirms and exploits the socially sanctioned gendered image of what vulnerability is and how it is distributed…”

It is undeniable in 2016 that “Rape and sexual violence in general are violations of our shared condition of intersubjective vulnerability and constitute attempts to disavow it by reducing vulnerability to a gendered susceptibility to harm. In this way, wilful ignorance of how intersubjective vulnerability is a basic, shared facet of human existence is one of the most deeply rooted sources of common forms of ignorance about rape…”

Like most decent human beings, I also believe that “at the most basic level, it prevents the kind of openness to altering one’s views, interests, and dispositions that are required for altering rape culture and dispelling rape myths. Accordingly, the kinds of ignorance that crop up around rape and sexual violence must, I think, be understood in relation to the kinds of ignorance that surround vulnerability in general. If sexual violence is always a matter of vulnerability, then undoing ignorance about sexual violence will entail knowing more about and challenging ignorance about vulnerability” – period!

Barbados is facing a crisis of deep spiritual confidence. For a country that was once a tour de force of moral, ethical and traditional virtues and values – we have now descended into a Bottomless Pit of decadent, declining dustbowl of vacuous leaders, mindless liar-politicians and money-grabbing, slight-of-hand lawyers who can be compared to the souls of dead men on board a lifeless ship in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”.

Is there a common, national will to change course? Or will there be a Titanic implosion on the rocks civil strife and unending chaos? We must all collectively decide!

May God help this once great nation!

Rape and Women’s Health

Submitted by Felicia Browne
Submitted by Felicia Browne, Human Rights Advocate

Submitted by Felicia Browne, Human Rights Advocate

Rape and genderbased violence is a grave human rights violation. The victims of rape and other forms of sexual assault have experienced physical and mental health conditions, often including acute traumatic injuries. A cute traumatic injuries in sexual assault can be relatively minor, including scratches, bruises, and welts. However, some women sustain fractures, head and facial trauma, lacerations, bullet wounds, or even death. T he annual police report on sexual offences reports “For the year 2015 the Sexual Offences Category realised a decrease of twenty four (24) cases or 9% from 2014. As it relates to detection rates, 2015 realized a 53% detection rate as compared to 62% in 2014. There was an overall decrease in Sexual Offences for 2015. However, the offence of Rape showed an increase of 11 cases. Detection rate decreased by 11% for Sexual Offences.”

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Protection of Rape Victims

Rape and other forms of gender-based violence have continued to be a major hindrance to the holistic development of women and girls in a safe, respectful and caring place. The increase in the levels of human rights violations, especially as it relates to women and girls in our society has signal an urgent need for policy makers to ensure that victims have all the legal, social and political protection that is necessary.  Alarmingly, there are an overwhelming number of unreported cases in which the victims live in constant fear of their lives.  More so, these innocent victims face unprecedented and overbearing challenges in their effort to recover from these traumatic experiences.

Ms. Felicia Browne who is a human and gender rights advocate believes that, what we are observing in the case of St. Vincent and Trinidad are some of the traditional difficulties that rape victims endure when the justice system has failed them. Too often, she states, victims are blamed for their rape or chastised by persons who may not understand the traumatic experiences that they suffer at the hands of the rapist.

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Rape is NOT Her Fault

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Submitted by Felica Browne

Rape is not the fault of the victim. For many years, women and girls have been held responsible for the actions of their violators. In some cases, the victims are seen as contributors to the violent acts that they endured at the hands of their perpetrators. The social stigmatization associated with rape and other forms of violence towards women has left victims with very little choice — either to withdraw their complaints or remain silent about the crime. Victim blaming should stop if we are to make any progress on the rights of women and girls. The idea that a victim’s physical appearance or image contributes to her violation only signals a dire need for re-education on human rights.

Gender-based violence against women and girls is a human rights violation. It hinders their progress as citizens and human beings. They have the right to walk free from any form of physical or sexual violation or abuse. We must continue to speak out on behalf of women and girls, and ensure that their causes are brought to justice. Community members must play their role in protecting women and girls from perpetrators who may live within the same communities. We need to publicize the fact that there are local services for victims of sexual crimes which will assist them to manage and survive their traumatic experiences, and to do what we can to strengthen them.

The protection of the rights of women and girls should remain our key focus for legal reform and implementation. Human rights like any other rights are important for the social and economic development of our Caribbean societies.