Letters & Opinion

St. Lucia’s Rape Crisis

Image: An Indian student attends a protest march demanding a death sentence for the men accused of a fatal Delhi gang rape in December 2013.
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By Fr. Linus Clovis

ONE would hope that the descendants of slaves would have an edge in understanding the impact and consequences, both physical and spiritual, of buying and selling human flesh. But sadly, reflecting on the state of our nation, country and society, it would seem that such a hope has no foundation in reality!

In the past, no less than in the present time, the trade in human flesh results not only in the enrichment of a few and the oppression and victimization of many, but also, far worse, the dehumanisation of both the sold and the seller, the former in the body, the latter in the soul.

The buying and selling of human flesh has never been more widespread in all of human history than it is at present. Human trafficking, the kidnapping of girls and women, whether by force or subterfuge, is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world. Pornography depicting the brutalization of women and girls is among the most popular material on the Internet. And abortion, the financed destruction of tiny human beings developing in the womb, claims the lives of almost 42 million pre-born children each year. Throughout the workplace in all sectors, women are sexually harassed and assaulted.

The sacred mantra linking every assault on human dignity is the word choice. The defenders of legalized prostitution and the prompters of abortion no less than the users of pornography all defend their position with the same arguments used by slave owners: “No one is forcing you to own or keep slaves (to use the services of a prostitute, etc…) It is my choice and none of your business.”

It is no surprise that the promoters of prostitution should also be strong supporters of abortion, if only to deal with any child unfortunate enough to be conceived. Further, if the mother has been reduced to a mere object of pleasure, it is not surprising that her child becomes an object for profit. Equally, Planned Parenthood’s, the world’s largest abortion provider, selling of baby parts for profit should cause no surprise considering that slave owners once personally bred their own slaves. After all, if human beings are seen merely as the sum of their parts then, like animals, the value of human beings is the monetary value of their bodies. Or to put it another way, human beings are only valuable to the degree that their bodies benefit others: hence, the perversity of surrogacy or renting a womb for cash and of generating designer babies, according to the inclination of the buyer.

Ours is a culture of buying and selling, a commodity culture, the sterile offspring of a materialistic culture without morals wedded to an avaricious capitalism without ethics.

It is not widely recognised that the source of the socio-sexual problems we currently face lies in the ideological acceptance and practical application of sterile sex that is, sex strictly for pleasure. Contraceptive in origin, sterile sex soon morphs into the fantasy world of pornography. Not initially or even necessarily the brutal sadistic stuff but the soft, classy seductive pictures of almost naked girls whose bodies are used to sell water, beer, cars or perhaps just newspapers. The fantasy world of pornographic imagery soon takes hostage the souls of the men who view it, creating in them a morbid desire to imitate what they see.

Like pornography, the face of prostitution is not necessarily hard, callous and painted but it is also that of a young child sent out by her mother to a neighbour or friend, or the mother whose silence, conscience and maternal instincts can be bought for a few dollars or the young woman who can advance her career or supplement her income just by being friendly. While pornography dehumanizes women for a mass audience, human trafficking and prostitution permit men the freedom to play out their fantasies in real life; fantasies they would never try on “real women.” And, of course, abortionists can take care of any children who appear in the above scenarios, since these, in the eyes of our commodity culture, are not “real children.”

The connection between pornography and human trafficking is money. It is a business, which the researcher Dr. Mary Anne Layden thinks “a lot of pimps would stop doing this if there wasn’t any money involved, but it’s a business and as soon as you tell somebody it’s a product, as soon as you say this [is] something you buy, then this is something you can steal. Those two things are hooked. If you can buy it, you can steal it, and [it is] even better if you steal it because then you don’t pay for it. So the sexual exploitation industry, whether it’s strip clubs or prostitution or pornography, is where you buy it. Sexual violence is where you steal it – rape and child molestation and sexual harassment is where you steal it. So these things are all seamlessly connected. There isn’t a way to draw a bright line of demarcation between rape and prostitution and pornography and child molestation. There are not bright lines of demarcation.”

With this understanding of the moral bankruptcy of our culture, we should not be surprised but rather, with opened eyes, be thoroughly outraged by the rapes inflicted on our womenfolk. Our outrage in turn should empower us to address the crisis at its source. It is time to put away the foolish platitudes about educating men to respect women. It is time for the moral formation of our boys and girls in chastity: Blessed are the pure of heart for they shall see God. (Mt.5:8) For the men who are held captive in the exploitation industries, there is need for conversion, which we cannot hope for until, as a nation, a country and a society, we turn back to God, or until the day of God’s visitation falls upon us. In the meantime, we should firmly, clearly and consistently reject everything in our culture that portrays human relationships as nothing more than two randomly-ordered bodies of flesh coming together for brief pleasure. We are so much more than this. We were not designed for abuse and degradation, but for love and dignity.

It is true that nothing is perfect in this fallen world and that slavery, prostitution abortion and infanticide are as old as time, but they used to be regarded as awful practices that ought to be stamped out. I suspect that until we once again recognize these awful practices for what they really are we will not be able to return to the full realization that even if the Lord of glory was sold for thirty pieces of silver, the value of each and every human being can no longer be measured in terms of gold or silver but only in the precious Blood of the Lamb. With this understanding and the historical experience of slavery, there is hope that we can change the moral framework of our culture to once again recognize transcendent concepts like the dignity of the human person, the sanctity of human life, and infinite preciousness of each and every human soul. Hope never dies.


  1. hear who is talking?
    the whole of those pervert RC priest are among the world’s dirty-low-down bullllllare…bULLLLLL— TOPING THE BACKS OF LITTLE BOYS..
    those in ST.LUCIA …………no exemption.

  2. Monsieur Clovis as rep of your denomination but with no denunciation to your family name/
    Is not the RAPE OF AFRICA seamless, synonymous, akin to, equal to, same as, a conjunction to the MIDDLE PASSAGE and Chattel Slavery in North +South + Caribbean AMERICAS.
    Where was the papal Inquisition when the brutal takeover of native Americans and their lands were bloodily executed
    -under the guise “they are pagans who refuse to convert to christianity”.
    But did not the early RC globalization acquisitions of new cultures absorb many pagan practices (e.g. Easter-fertility rites) as part and parcel (fusion) with conservative church doctrine? Did you say STREAMLINING!
    How do you reconcile Your papal inquisitions that brutalized
    ( torture followed by slow agonizing death- did I hear a whisper of SADO_Masochistic perversions)
    on breakaway Christians who yearned for a PURER version of fellowship with their Bible!
    I wonder what penalties there are for collaboration in the RAPE OF AFRICA
    In other words- is the Rape of Africa and its Middle Passage to Slavery in the Americas (Caribbean) LESS sinful than the positive act of wanting CLOSER fellowship to the same GOD?
    Is there an alignment with the tortured practices of the Inquisition and the phenomena of “batee bwoy probes’ described by the Dr Optical above?
    The extremely evasive excruciating entry into the rectum via phallic probus was invented by the decadent fantasies of mankind as portrayed in the sin city of Biblical SODOM.
    So too, is the invention of tortured -agonizing death – a man made utility of both pleasure and pain
    Bottom line (no pun intended) you appear to sell the universal grandeur of noble humanity in your opening stanzas
    But (no pun intended) like your organization -you omit or gloss over their history of effective riveting SALEsMANSHIP of the immediate continuity of institutional doctrines over the eternal super grandiosity of Our DIVINE GOD.
    In other words you are very good at capitalizing your share of the Market.
    I once overheard a conversation between women of two or more different christian affiliations one said
    “the one thing I really like about the RC is their High Mass Communion ”
    She goes on to describe how ornate and dramatic it is and bests all other christian church offerings in this regard.
    How many documented Pagan rites are infused within that Sunday drama?
    Go on, you can even imagine the beating heart offerings by Aztec priests atop their high pyramid top altars, n’est pas?
    And how well does the RC high mass appeal to our modern consumerism-
    the mall and our TV soap operas 🙂

  3. …and here goes the “Tu Quoque” argument! Can we just stop, please? This is a grave situation. Every voice against rape counts. Doesn’t matter whose voice it may be. Let’s not play politics with this.

    You see, we shall forever remain as rocking chairs unless we learn to take the value of what one is saying based on its own merit. Because you can oppose doesn’t mean you should. This is where wisdom is needed.

    Until we stop: pointing the accusing finger at the person or the organization, to turn the mirror on ourselves, we shall continue down this path to self destruction. Lord help us.

  4. Margaret/
    None of the responses condone rape -in any form!
    Nonetheless, the narrower lexicon of the word (sexual abuse)
    pales below the grander scale of historical RACIAL/CULTURAL rape, that is tracked to a stern continuum of SOCIO _ECONOMIC abuse and its glaring sociological deprivations;
    The institutions and families that spearheaded the rape of our culture are among the richest economic if not political forces on t the planet today- as a direct continuity from the original assets /profits of their immoral PIMP ROLE in the MIDDLE PASSAGE rape trade-
    Our protests are a small gesture on behalf of the dignity of our raped ancestors and the continued socio-economic BRUTALIZATION of their offspings -LESt we forget-
    Your localized agenda for sexual rape is trivialized when the overwhelming DECADENT streams of daily living are not adequately addressed.
    Have you been to jouvert parties that carnival appetizers from the Roman God of Pleasure & orgies – BACCHUS!!
    Have you seen the mass public parade to the song “HURT IT”
    Currently, body paint is widely considered for the next Carnival.
    This island is ravaged by RHUM and other mind altering substances and girls wearing negligee and body paint instead of real clothes. Moreover, the provocative display of FEMALE FLESH is a public staple of daily living.
    Why not pay greater attention to self defeating social practices that may contribute to the spike in sexual extremes and to the larger unresolved rape of global importance and implication- as manifest in the MIDDLE PASSAGE.
    It is simply a paradox of the Chicken or the egg, n’est pas?
    And why on the eve of political elections? hmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!!!!!!!!
    The model used by the modern Jewish culture on behalf of the Nazi atrocities was a collective front of persistent reminders that fueled successful litigation as in $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
    and gav birth to modern zionism- even a super sized nation was born from this continuous post WW11 lobbying efforts.
    Our voice is still in the rear petrified reserves of the cultural communications WILDERNESS:
    As far as admittance of crimes against humanity/ reparations etc. –
    WE do not have porchum or can TO PISS in 🙁

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