“Rape is not her Fault” By Felicia Browne, Human Rights Advocate
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 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.
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.