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Up to state – not abused

Up to state  – not abused Young Women’s Christian Association Paige Bryan. (FP)

Sat, December 01, 2012 - 12:08 AM

Victims of domestic violence should not get to decide if they want to have charges brought against the aggressor, says president of the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), Paige Bryan.

“In Barbados there are a lot of crimes, including rape, that are not prosecuted because someone can come and pay you some money to have the charges dropped. We are saying that we need to have legislation that has more bite in it.

“One of the things that may be effective is that once it is reported to the police it becomes a crime of the state and the state would carry forward that case,” Bryan said.

The YWCA president was speaking Thursday from the organization’s Deacons Road office on the occasion of the announcement of the Walk A Mile In Her Shoes event, a commemorative walk as part of the 16 Days Of Activism Against Gender Violence. (LK)

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Posted by Tony Waterman 1 year, 9 months ago
Young Women’s Christian Association Paige Bryan is absolutely Correct in asking for this law to be Upgraded as it would then be on par with OTHER INTERNATIONAL JURISDICTIONS Here is how it is in CANADA:-

""Domestic Violence & the Canadian Law
Certain categories of abuse, such as assault, sexual assault and criminal harassment (stalking) are crimes under the Criminal Code of Canada. In recent years a series of amendments have been added to strengthen the laws related to woman abuse.

Charges will be laid in all spousal abuse cases where reasonable grounds to charge exist. Ontario has a mandatory charging policy which means that police, not you, will decide whether to lay charges. Crown prosecutors are required to prosecute in all spousal abuse cases where a reasonable likelihood of conviction exists. It’s important if you are being abused to document the episodes as well as record any witnesses. This may be used as evidence.""
this is how it should be in Barbados

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