14-year-old raped, killed and burned– a troubling new normal in Jamaica`

By R.D. Miller

Her Story/Their Stories

Photo Credit: Latoya Riley, the mother of 14 year-old Yetanya Francis

Gone too Soon

How do you comfort the mother of young Yetanya Francis, who was raped, murdered, and her lifeless body found on August 24, 2018, after simply being out on an errand for her mother?

She was the pride and joy of her family, loved by her classmates, and with a promising future that cut short. Regrettably, there will other young people whose lives will be cut short from violence, including several who are still missing and unresolved.

Who will be next on the list of sexual predators list who maybe be depressed, suffering from schizophrenia disorders or bipolar disorder, or simply a thug causing mayhem still roaming these local streets?

The reality is that, crime is causing the soft wind that glides over your face and the beam of sunshine and smile that greets you with a sense of tranquility; now forcing many communities to only be up at sunrise, but gated in at dusk unless you are in one of those tourist protected zones.

This young lady’s premature death, in particular, is one of many where other parents are still seeking answers is not unique to Jamaica and other troubled island’s with beautiful shores.  However, the difference now is that social media has taken these stories of these victims and responses by elected officials globally and there will be more to come.

Sure, violence is ubiquitous, but sadly it seems the first tactic to solving these violent crimes often is blaming from hopelessness, and deflecting pointing to nations with similar stories, which is minimization in disguise.

But 13-year-old Aliesha Brown, who went missing and was later found dead on October 2, 2014, is another reminder, along with several heinous crimes since her death.

Photo Credit: Jamaica Observer, (Associated Pres/J-Flag

Dwayne Jones, a transgender teen, 16 was also savagely murdered by a mob after he attended a street party in women’s clothing.

Many parents also experience discrimination for giving birth to gay children and are more worried today about social stigma and hostility than their future. The hostility has created safety concerns, a sense of feeling guilty, and that often results in abuse, lack of resources, and access to medical care ,homelessness, and death.

Imagine these parents who must show up on a mountainside, in a valley, or looking at a stream or a morgue where their child’s lifeless body lies and little or no victim’s support to minimize the pain. 

Sure, I am not suggesting the entire country is now isolated, and there’s violence everywhere. Many people are still arriving for weddings, pleasant vacations. And others with deep roots visiting a grandma, an uncle, aunt, or other family members, but how long will these trips remain frequent if these headlines continue. 

However, I like to drop in, pick my apples from and mangos Grandma fruit trees, or wait until “Ras” fish lunch is served in his homemade bowl that I cannot tell what was the original color anytime I arrived.

Nonetheless, a few will admit that these cherished moments from that sense of freedom, these negative headlines have left many students grappling with fear and the psychological trauma of losing their classmates, a friend while parents are afraid to send their daughters or son’s to school or a local store.

The delicate empathy for justice

While violence is rampant across many regions, these criminals (thugs) abduct students, leaving families counting on a child’s return for days. They murder intellectuals, sports icons, youth, seniors, entrepreneurs; business owners, and women in many domestic violence incidents, in terms of local reports.

Often in response to these barbaric atrocities, the justice of the vigilantes, which may ruin innocent people’s lives and does get to the root of this problem, nor a visit to a victim’s patents home by the Prime Minister.

Unfortunately, despite good intentions of comfort, a tight hug, or heartfelt speeches by other leaders, it cannot reverse this pattern of criminality and family pain that nee new policies, and minimize this ongoing barbaric behavior.

Several experts noted that combating crime requires a wide range of early detection,, accountability, resources community engagement, but also accept that the nation has serious crime issues to change this criminal behavior by a few mentally ill individuals.

The 3-4 days of media bliss hoping to portray a false sense of empathy does not break a possible serial killer’s next mission because time is this person’s weapon and crime of opportunity.

Jamaica’s ‘cool running vibes and local smiles have not washed out to the ocean despite the negative headlines. The shops in the local area where you can repair a flat tire at a restaurant stuck against the mountain selling authentic local dishes from Jamaica still welcome everyone.

Even the white sand and turquoise water, as the sunbeams through trees, with a cool breeze that can make you feel as if you are shedding your skin like a snake to take on a new identity and temporarily forgetting your troubles as if you were at a spa remain intact.

But these natural events and postcard sometimes what appears normal is not always healthy because there are pockets of danger in some areas remain like a snake venom despite its new beautiful skin can strike anytime.

The ongoing delicate dance

I wondered whether religious institutions, advocates, counselors, teachers, to mediate of these communities can no longer inspire, calm fear and bring hope and peace in these troubled times.

Many are now seen from the pulpit through political parties lens, or turning a blind eye from criminals for their survival. It seems all disputes today are resolved by the person who has the best weapon.

How did Jamaica get to this point and other problematic regions?

This is a fight to separate the perception of reality and who is responsible. Unfortunately, these concerns and outrages often seem short-lived in a couple of news cycles. Equally important, many elected leaders who are in denial with selective amnesia simply only positioning themselves for the revolving election door in which they failed while in power.

And that deafening silence has contributed a sense of normality by a few. How many times, these same stories emerge, where leader default, “we are going to look for solutions and where local concerns voices seem to be drowned out.

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How do you expect the next generation to dream, and hope for a better future if all they are seeing their peers’ lives cut short, and with little or no positive outcome?

Of course, the nation has implemented crime control models to eradicate this criminal cancer, but many believe they have done little to discourage easy access to high-potency weapons, reduce gangs, and other criminal activities.

Many murder cases are still unresolved because of a lack of technical skills and resources or a police force that is too limited to cover these dense areas, and no one is talking many from fear of becoming a victim if they speak up due to limited support or protection.

Though this story is about a young student who was taken too soon, others also are forgotten because of his or her sexual orientation and they do not have a voice. Their family could also use a hug or case status update.

If this criminal cancer goes untreated, it is only going to worse and to the fabric of the nation that will add more socioeconomic decay.

The murder, kidnapping, assaults, rape, robberies, and exploitation of young girls, is solely not someone having a bad day or something new.

Photo by KALZud8

It is a combination of a systematic problem that repeatedly gets pushed to the side without accountability. It seems many communities have become emotionally detached and immune from the constant news of violence.

Few people would argue against the fact that poverty, economic stagnation, reported corruption, the growing gap between the rich and the poor, high unemployment rates have led to some of this social decay.

If, as reported, some who are sworn to serve and protect now wind up with case numbers from their criminal activities, it also only erodes trust. And in a system where police mistrust goes back to colonial times, it makes it very difficult for some to follow the rule of law, and speak up.

Another wave that is rarely told.

This is far from the relaxed and trouble-free ambiance of Jamaica, and few other troubled islands which often welcomed visitors and returning residents. The Jamaica Observer reported that in 2017 alone, over 1,600 lives were lost from violence.

These are just a few other stories along these beautiful shores.

The death of Delroy Walker in May 2018 is another reminder of the danger that few people recognize and or others locally will admit. He was stabbed and murdered on his return to Jamaica to enjoy his retreat to Britain while giving back to the youths ‘

Photo credit: Steve Walker, whose brother Delroy Walker was murdered in Jamaica

He has championed youth by giving back and using his skills and resources through his charitable organization. This untimely death robbed the youth of a shot of success, those who yearn for a sunbeam that is getting cloudier on these shores.

Delroy’s death further stymies many charitable barrels of goods slated for the island to help others now under reconsideration or listed on eBay and Amazon, held in a basement or storage center because of safety concerns.

Although his killers may have been caught, the criminal enterprises silently devastating these once-safe communities are a major threat to a normal life. When youth have no hope or even lack the resources to chart a vision, crime becomes more attractive.

Karen Cleary, 44, had been building her dream home in the country of her birth when she went missing on Sunday, November 25. They found her body buried in a shallow grave on her property in Boscobel, St Mary.

The Bahamas, Carlis Blatch, assistant to the governor-general, was gunned down while waiting for his son from school, according to the Nassau Guardian. When honest, hard-working, and successful individuals who want to help are now considered a threat, the region loses and remittances alone cannot solve these systemic problems.

Other reports noted that since the beginning of 2000, over 200 British, American and Canadian ex-pats have been murdered and, since the beginning of 2018, they have killed over 500. Many believe that violent gangs and the ongoing lottery scam in big cities as reported remain a problem where expatriates are considered by criminals as soft targets.

Much needed mental shift.

Yes! I understand; criminality, poverty, inequality, and socio-economic problems are omnipresent.

The education system essential to preparing the next generation of leaders and rebuilding the middle class appears to have declined. Today, many youths have dropped out of school, suffer from addiction and mental health problems, and those with higher education have little chance of advancement buried under students loans and empty promises.

Photo by Alexandr Podvalny

When these crimes occur, many appeals for change on social media, but what is troubling; these headlines dissipate quickly. However, not only for students, if many meeting places have become more isolated and indoors because of security concerns, something has to change, and like mom’s once said, “pure talk never get anything done”.

Many of our parents may not know how this beautiful place have more bad headlines today than good, but the sun will rise again, and you must continue to speak up.

Today, Jamaica’s main economic engine is tourism, but the young people I have met are not betting their future on visitors alone. They are tired of photo ops and want tangible options, leadership with a vested interest in their future to grow and dream, knowledge of the competitive world to lead, make a contribution to the next generation and not just personal gains into a gated community.

Photo by James Wheeler

Despite these atrocities trying to take over these neighborhoods; Jamaica has never lost its fierce perspective, values, pride, vigor, and tenacity. Many communities will glance forward to the weekend just to enjoy themselves. However, they must unleash their determination, even that boisterous manner to reclaim their economic security and confidence. Because only an individual can determine what is ordinary or modify and correct, what is not.

Composing this article was therapeutic because I wonder what 14—year-old Yetanya Francis, 13-year-old Aliesha Brown, and others missing destiny would be. There are and will be many more stories like these victims, and when does the next, and photo-up stops, and the next button to establish an appeal to action.

I still wish I could have shifted place with their mothers after watching the sadness that stayed with me further than these weddings.

The Chinese are coming, corals reefs are dying. What next, the mountains?

BY R.D. Miller

Part I- A critical strategic marriage:

Modernization is crucial, but should it mirror a nation of its former colonial power where only the ruling class, well connected and the rich rewrite the rules? China’s increasing presence globally has been the topic of many studies and publications in recent years.

Though these new inroads, may not be Chinese investments alone, reports have shown that Caribbean islands and some nations in Africa have experienced a cultural explosion of Chinese companies over the past decade. These reported investments offering a path to better economic growth, but is it panning out for who needs it most?

Some communities are unease that it may be a platform for the dumping of their cheap goods to maintain their economy for over a billion people. For a few years, I have developed some deep thoughts after traveling to the region and began to look into this trend. I contacted a few experts and friends, and it is not doomsday.

These expansions are attractive, like a hanging Pinata. However, a piñata frequently leaves trash for someone else to clean up. Sadly, many political leaders see this colorful hanging package, and it seems unavoidable to take a strike.

Some economic experts claimed that several industrialized countries have politicized these inroads and only disgruntled because they missed out on these attractive investment opportunities.”

Unfortunately, when poor governance, economic stagnation, ongoing crime, increasing inequality, and poverty frequently unlocks a door for forced marriages. But after the honeymoon is over, what will it take to maintain the community socioeconomic and environmental relationship when the actual purpose of the marriage and the dirty laundry of high debt piles up?

An up-close look at a few weddings.

China’s financial power throughout the Caribbean Community through [CARICOM] and pervasive influence is not new. Several projects from medical centers, stadiums and other businesses in Saint Lucia, Grenada, Dominica, and Jamaica with low-cost loans according to reports.

Foreign inflow investments can be a good sign if it promotes safety, increases education, employment, modernize technology, local infrastructure, bringing structural barriers up to standard and more efficient in the flow of valuable goods and services, and should be considered.

China started its diplomatic engagement in the Caribbean region in the early 1970s, or what you might call its master plan. For Jamaica, this historic marriage began under the former Prime Minister, P. J. Patterson, on a high-level visit in 1998, then opened an embassy in Beijing and Caribbean Economic and Trade Co-operation was forged.

In 2005, Jamaica hosted the first China-Caribbean trade show, and this trend persists, while the people who elected these decision-makers as it seems continue to have no say in what is coming.

Recent reports noted that, Jamaica alone owes $650 million and growing debt to China, even a toll they financed around 65 km, one-way—collected by the Chinese developer makes driving the road an expensive journey for most Jamaicans.

Photo Credit: 2012-12-1: Reception Celebrating Establishment of Diplomatic Relations Between China and Jamaica

While loans aid development projects and have advantages, they need to be closely scrutinized, especially ones that may pose danger later to the environment. They may carry risks, and “debt trap” or one-sided diplomacy, as others have noted in various places..?

One person argued that, “a loan was highlighted for border security, and when did a country like Jamaica and China have border issues? “The country is not having political turmoil by and the local populations not fleeing their nearby islands, parishes, or counties.”

Forbes also pointed out that China has also spread into a significant player in the acceleration of urbanization in Africa, as a huge percentage of the continent’s infrastructure initiatives are led by Chinese companies and/or supported by Chinese funding. China is now Africa’s biggest trade partner, with Sino-African trade topping $200 billion per year.

Though many African and Asian countries are seeing the same push and joined the Polygamist families; according to many experts,  China’s “socialist market economy (SOEs), and its interests in Africa are geared toward securing enough energy, resources, and minerals to feed its industrialization program. Again, it will be up to the experts to decide if other industrialized countries should make a deeper push for a piece of this pie.

Who has authority in these marriages or debt diplomacy:

This is a delicate balance because often the decisions made in most poor and developing countries are political, and the leaders of the ruling party has a unilateral pen on most final decisions.

Who are all the investors and beneficiaries in the long run as experts noted that it seems these agreements only further an economic divide where only the politicians, wealthy investment partners benefit.

Tian Qi (R), China’s ambassador to Jamaica, and Jamaican foreign minister Kamina Johnson
 Li Keqiang, P.M. Portia Simpson Miller

Simply put, do they have a choice when the milk has already been taken from the cow, and it is ready to graze on a set of green grass without the gates to stop them from entering.

Dominica Republic
Trinidad & Tobago

Analyzing the fate of the outside region can be difficult, but who stands with the investment bankers for the poor, or is it always an economic investment or hidden exploitation?

Republic of Zimbabwe
Trinidad & Tobago

“You cannot undergo a trade deal expansion or any other development, and only to find your international competitiveness reduced.” Where are the long-term economic gains to local populations to improve their standard of living?”

The concern is that when these investors’ ATMs start knocking for payments, and if those countries cannot afford to repay, they will have the power to dictate where they build and explore new precious land areas as collateral.

Many experts have pointed out that poverty is rarely transformed. These arrangements often resemble colonization with a new face. Many see only locally grown products and businesses reduced to tiny corners, such as information carriers covered by international news clips, while they push local customs and cultural identity to the back rack of these new isles.

Some argued that when they arrived, they brought their staff, and the locals are out of work in all management positions to earn a decent salary. Although new businesses have contributed to the decline in employment rates, poverty remains acute because of underemployment, low-skilled jobs, with little or no protection of employees.

Part II- Everything has to be on the table, the coast lines, ocean, and mountains.

There are also reports that leaders are preparing to grant exploration permits, has already sold or lease famous undeveloped mountains that are vital to the ecosystem of the environment. Some have argued that the new arrangements result in personal financial gains, even after leaders leaving elected offices.

Very often the downtrodden are abandoned or used like experimental rats. The long-term health problem mining carries risks.

Unfortunately, when several manufacturers once principal and engine of these nations have been closing over the past decade, and more privatization, it leaves many locals a few places to look for a good-paying job. Some of these new businesses are important often result in more toxins that could lead to other health problems and force local farmers out of business?

Has anyone analyzed the effect of current non-operational mining plants and their impact?

Today, contaminants may have affected the health of the local population, and coastal lines marine life because of the poor drainage system from the previous bauxite mining industry.

While it has generated economic gains from inland to offshore, tax revenues, employment, goods, and other services to the national government. It also had a lasting negative impact when several areas abandoned after the minerals were extracted, processed, and shipped out.

If they do not regenerate these zones, by planting trees or other facilities; with each rain, a poor drainage system, runoff can also collect waste from paved surfaces and deposit it into the water, bypassing the wastewater treatment plants.

Photo by Pixabay

Many environmental reports have shown that mining affects the quality of water, soil, and air, degradation of forests, and availability of water. Also, it can create erosion in other places several miles from its operations. Even heavy fishing in the Caribbean experts noted can cause the death of coral reefs within 20 years.

The ongoing debate locally, and in many other poor and developing countries, the lack of transparency, accountability, even corruption, and ignorance as reported have created frustration, distrust, and violence.

What may yet to come: Seeing the impact of this wedding upfront-from both sides.

Tropical coral reefs play a crucial role in the Earth’s ecosystem. If the coral reef continues to disappear now, the beauty and marine life of the island will suffer. Not only does it contribute to air quality, but it also allows a local fisher to fish in uncontaminated waters, free from toxins and bacteria, to support his family and attract tourists

Photo) of coral reef

During a recent trip with a couple of friends and family, we took a glass-bottom boat on a quick tour. Our travel guide tried to convince us it is the best coral in the region. Looks like somebody extinguished a fire under the ocean in some areas. Warmer temperatures are noted on these islands as well.

I thought, maybe he has never been to other areas in the Caribbean where there seem to be more environmentally friendly policies to explore what a flourishing coral reef should look like, or he’s just doing his job. Many coral reefs are like dying plants on land that could use fresh water under the sea. For the 20-minute walk, only a few small fish left as if they too wanted to escape.

A fading culture from the hillside covered in silent gentrification.

Several viewers realized the hidden stratification dilemma on Sunday, November 17, 2014, after CNN broadcast Part Unknown by the late Anthony Bourdain.

This memorable episode illustrates a deep tide that uprooted the soul from those shores and other places. This lovely island, which shares many of our heritage with a global image, few are ready to exchange their soul for financial gain.

Very often it seems, some use the cool vibrations of one love while quietly threatens the native culture and its surroundings?

Driving on undeveloped coasts can be breathtaking, and places where you forget your phone numbers and flight time. However, for many residents, a quick race to the beach on a hot day becomes just a no-cost idea that development has reduced areas for relaxation and they have to drive for miles to other areas.

I had my doubts whether a young police officer with a modest salary can run a house in certain areas that they will patrol to keep his residents and visitors safe or when they cool-off at a local beach?

While new development from new investments may provide an employment opportunity for a local artist to support his family, selling handmade souvenirs leading to these doors, imagine forbidding citizens to go to a public park. A local street seller talked about his legal struggle to stay on one of the last beaches free from excessive development another person mentioned.

Jamaica is not just a question of toughness, reggae music, crime, marijuana, and one of the best places to relax. Under the broad smile that welcomes you and the cool vibrations, it is more complex than its legislative body to the street vendor.

One person mentioned, “these now closed shores are self-inflicted injuries by local people.” When it was free, they littered the area with garbage and other questionable activities, and nobody takes the trouble to put it away.” But where should they find the right balance? ”

Economic and environmental policies aimed at improving living standards should not only benefit investors regardless of their location. There has to be a balance while protecting their environment. Any policy that further restricts upward mobility and potential health hazard experts noted creates conflict, violence, and isolation for social equality and economic survival.

I’m not an authority on global climate change because the equipment may be still on its way, but development permits, with little or input or if their recommendation is ignored, that may lead to dangerous climate change issues, regardless of the political side, everyone will suffer.

I’m not an authority on global climate change, but if the community concerns and recommendation are ignored, that may lead to dangerous more issues regardless of the political side, everyone will suffer.

This is why the local environmental agency has to be autonomous and qualified because the public must have access to any findings, recommendations, and even names and heads of companies pursuing to explore, and the long-term impact reviews.

It takes two to Tango to maintain this rich history

If local, international or influential people who care do not hold elected officials and even powerful environmental agencies accountable, where does it stop the sand from being gently swept under their feet?

If leadership to protect the natural beauty of these islands, the quality of life will diminished.

Like most poor and developing countries, economic stagnation, corruption, lack of opportunities, frequently create criminal enterprise, violence, more division if some people feel that they are being pushed out of their economy and concerns are overlooked.

Lets date again we have time

I may not have a place or a vote on the next stop, but share some of your back yards, and remain hopeful that environmental and socio-economic policies can co-exist through a balanced approach

We love and treasure you always, wishing only the best for everyone. One love!

As Burning Spear, one of the favorite reggae stars of Jamaica put it in a song, “My island don’t sell.”

Commentary: The complexities of rape victims’ cases in the Caribbean`

BY R.D. Miller

He strikes again: Another sexual assault alarm:

Stuck in traffic on a commuter bus one evening heading home from work, I came across an article published on October 2, 2018, by the Detroit Free Press about two women raped in Jamaica at an exclusive hotel by an employee hired a few days earlier.

He crawled up a balcony, armed with a handgun; he entered their hotel room and raped them both. These victims fought back, and they shot him in the arm with his weapon. They arrested him when he sought medical attention at a local hospital who alerted law enforcement.

This sexual predator was once brought in for questioning in other suspected rape cases in another parish by local law enforcement, but managed to escape on foot. This search went cold and was called off like many others before.

Some argued that it is not a Caribbean problem alone, or an isolated incident or misunderstanding.

It was much easier to join a few on social media on the subject, where some missed the burden women often face from counter-attacks by the misinformed about liability or culpability when raped and seek justice.

This is minimization, shame, guilt, and hopelessness to deflect from the negative press, as the Caribbean region continues to struggle to maintain a firm grip on sexual violence.

In many rape cases, studies have shown, some believe that she must have asked for it, flirting, dressing provocatively or being promiscuous, and was out outside the safety of their homes

Rape is simply an unlawful sexual activity carried out forcefully against someone’s will regardless of location.

This mentality silences victims from coming forward, further isolates the seriousness of sexual assault crimes along these beautiful shores that need critical responsiveness while holding offenders accountable.

The focus, especially in resorts, is simply awareness, adequate services, and a safe space for victims. Studies have shown that between 25 to 35 percent of women at some point will become a rape victim, and many choose not to come forward; especially the younger generation, some studies have shown.

Maybe new welcome packages for all visitors should have an insert on how to handle sexual assaults or suspicion and unwanted behavior.

In all cases, make sure you’re treating everyone equally, but a comprehensive background check is critical. Local managers and human resources must now re-evaluate their hiring policies and practices, although it is difficult to know these predators’ intent.

The institutional barriers:

This recent global case will not change the island immediately. Despite tough laws that hold offenders accountable for these islands, after sentencing could use an upgrade to reduce the chance of re-offending, and especially concerning victims’ rights.

There are reports that many rural courts lack resources even to order an assessment from experts to diagnose to further treat these dangerous offenders. Concerns about cases held for long periods before trial while they release some predators on bail, free to move like the ocean, only to target victims and re-offend.

Reporting rape or even domestic violence incidents some victims report not handled in the right way.

Victims often spend several hours at police stations to file an incident, and any chance to collect DNA evidence if equipped quickly diminishes.

Specialized training to handle sensitive cases is still an issue. Some victims’ interviews conducted in the open. Poorly run and under-funded medical systems lack the skills or authority to guide when one comes forward.

Overcoming unrealistic expectations of suspicion because a victim may have had a relationship with the perpetrators. In an earlier report, it talked about one foreign student on a study abroad program sexually assaulted and robbed, brought to the airport in her pajamas and covered in dried blood after spending nine hours at a hospital

These victims face long-term physical and emotional trauma, confusion, anger, suspicion, anxiety, and the negative perception that often follows. There is still a wide debate between scholars and the role that masculinity and patriarchy play in these communities. Others point to colonialism, in which rape was a common practice of enslaved women carried over.

Although the Atlantic slave trade that brought millions of African slaves to the region remains a dark period and a complicated issue, these islands today are far more educated and not delimited.

Is it an aspect of the cultural music sexualized dance?

Specialized training to handle sensitive cases is still an issue. Some victims’ interviews conducted in the open. Poorly run and under-funded medical systems lack the skills or authority to guide when one comes forward.

Overcoming unrealistic expectations of suspicion because a victim may have had a relationship with the perpetrators.

In an earlier report, it talked about one foreign student on a study abroad program sexually assaulted and robbed, brought to the airport in her pajamas and covered in dried blood after spending nine hours at a hospital

These victims face long-term physical and emotional trauma, confusion, anger, suspicion, anxiety, and the negative perception that often follows.

There is still a wide debate between scholars and the role that masculinity and patriarchy play in these communities. Others point to colonialism, in which rape was a common practice of enslaved women carried over.

Although the Atlantic slave trade that brought millions of African slaves to the region remains a dark period and a complicated issue, these islands today are far more educated and not delimited.

Is it an aspect of the cultural music sexualized dance?

These islands’ obligation:

What numbers of rape cases in the region resulted in a conviction, dismissal, or unsolved? Today several women still on these islands, or ones who migrated, have similar stories but remained silent.

The Caribbean region and its gated resorts are now at a crossroad to manage complaints promptly and effectively. Solving these issues requires awareness, training, and accountability.

The US embassy also warned of sexual assaults that occurred in residence hotel rooms, casinos, and cruise ships.In 2014, another report talked about a woman gang-raped at the Sandals Resort in The Bahamas, and others sexually assaulted.

Additional reports out of Mexico, where about 170 tourists experienced illness, and blackouts in which offenders used date rape drugs, and tainted alcohol in drinks. Several reports have noted that over 70 Americans sexually assaulted in Jamaica in seven years.

Law enforcement cannot do it alone, they too lack resources to track and solve these criminal cases. Sadly, many stories like this forgotten and over half-a-million will arrive again for a vacation on these islands’ shores, but it has opened a much-needed awareness and conversation along these shores.

Today’s “Me-Too Movement” has given victims a platform to come forward and talk about their terrible experiences of powerful men who have misbehaved.

And although few men lost their jobs and faced criminal charges; several organizations survived, and the culture remains.Since this incident unfolded in Jamaica, others talked about their own experiences at some of these 5-star hotels.

These stories, for decades, kept in the dark because they were teenagers, and were scared to ruin their parent’s vacation.

What if these hotels were to be treated like a college campus where posters and emergency buttons for awareness where studies have shown that almost 28 percent of college students surveyed reported an unwanted sexual contact?

There are also victims of rape and murders from the gay and lesbian community. These cases are up against a high tide because many still see these same-sex relationships as a sin.

I am also concerned about the ones who have not come forward, a high-school student, an employee whose life depends on that income, seeing these sexual predators daily in a hostile environment, but staying silent because of fear.

Time for a discussion

These stories, for decades, kept in the dark because they were teenagers, and were scared to ruin their parent’s vacation.

What if these hotels were to be treated like a college campus where posters and emergency buttons for awareness where studies have shown that almost 28 percent of college students surveyed reported an unwanted sexual contact?

There are also victims of rape and murders from the gay and lesbian community. These cases are up against a high tide because many still see these same-sex relationships as a sin.

I am also concerned about the ones who have not come forward, a high-school student, an employee whose life depends on that income, seeing these sexual predators daily in a hostile environment, but staying silent because of fear.

Sexual predators come in all forms:

A perverted doctor who is more interested in his patients’ underwear than the basic examination or a teacher, who engages and targets a young student’s vulnerability is just as dangerous as one who broke down a window for entry.  Reports have shown that many Sex offenders suffer from schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders and were three times more likely to have a history of bipolar disorder.

See if you can spot the wolf in sheep’s clothing`

Men’s sexual violence is a wish to exert power over women, as feminist movements noted. However, these people need treatment and close monitoring to cut the danger they pose to society. In addition, a national register that tracks these offenders.

Many of us who forever link to this beautiful region whether by heritage, roots culture, will remain the unofficial marketing managers who have recommended others to the region for vacation. However, and when they asked about safety; we could say, you will be in a gated area, but today the threats are also within.

When will be the next law enforcement operation to round up sexual predators because they are just dangerous with their dysfunctional brain as any other high-powered weapon?

We are all affected when other people are hurting.