SENATOR Mary Isaac has called for lifetime sentences to be impossed on persons convicted of rape.
Isaac spoke to The VOICE yesterday and explained that rape had reached such high proportions in the country that a deterrent of some sort to be implemented.
“I am calling for legislation that would make someone convicted of rape serve life behind bars,” Isaac said.
Such legislation, she said, would serve as a deterrent to would-be rapists, at least in the short term.
“However for that to work, the justice system must be working effectively. Right now the justice system seems to be shut down. We need the forensics lab to work,” Isaac said.
Her concerns come on the heels of two more cases of rape being reported to the police this week, one in Dennery and the other in Corinth.
Just last week the gang rape of two teenage girls in Reduit Orchard set off a firestorm of protest island wide as Saint Lucians vented their views about the crime.
Now police, always vigilant where such crimes are concerned, will soon make a statement on this particular crime.
The police press relations office has released several tips on how women can protect themselves. Police Chief, Errol Alexander has appealed to young women to be careful of the information they put of themselves and their activities on social media.
Government officials including Health Minister Alvina Reynolds have called on men to respect women, all women, including girls.
Isaac, however wants more than just legislation to fight the scourge of rape that has now become prevalent in the country. She wants a change made to the education system as she sees this as a significant step in reversing the current trend.
“The education system is horrible,” Isaac said.