By D.R. Miller 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? Her gruesome headline story is not unique to Jamaica; especially untimely deaths of young girls where other parents stillContinue reading Commentary: 14-year-old raped, killed and burnt – a troubling new normal in Jamaica
A 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 few days earlier. This sexual predator was once broughtContinue reading Commentary: The complexities of rape victims’ cases in the Caribbean
A balancing act: Medical care is ubiquitous as studies have shown that it is often routed disparities along racial and ethnic lines. Becoming ill can get extremely dark quickly on these shores. This in-explainable death represents a common medical “guessing pattern” that have caused severe financial, emotional, and physical pains for families. Regardless of one’sContinue reading Where is Johnny’s doctor? The medical uncertainties for being poor and sick in Jamaica
Beyond October: It was conceived out of a day of unity led by the National Collation Against Domestic Violence in October 1981 with purple as the official color. For several years I have participated in three miles walk/run in support of victims of domestic violence with members of the law enforcement community, advocates, treatment providersContinue reading October is designated as domestic violence awareness month, did you know?
The island of Jamaica and most of the Caribbeans island both pre-and post-emancipation, according to many scholars has deep suspicion of its law enforcement system that often led to ongoing conflicts , and struggles. These rebellions cover a range of issues from right to vote, political representation, basic education, property and even racism to freeContinue reading Commentary: Jamaica’s tumultuous relations with its law enforcement officers
Rape, unwanted sexual advance, assault, and even pedophiliac actions should no longer be an option to speak up against. These victims needs your support, and an action plan, as the region needs more women to come forward and get their stories told. One of my favorite pastimes is stopping along Caribbean hillsides, valleys, and coastlines.Continue reading Commentary: A delicate balance for few Caribbean women when powerful men behave badly:
The role of law enforcement has always been a tough task. It remains a struggle between perception and reality. An officer, as I have argued, takes on work that many could not fathom. This is domestic violence, and that often gets overlooked. No one outcome will please everyone. They are all victims of the systemContinue reading Commentary: Can Jamaica fix the crime problem by issuing more guns to its citizens?