Violence Against Women in Jamaica

According to an article in the Jamaica Gleaner, "The homicide rate for Jamaican women is nine per 100,000, but this is six times higher than the world’s average". Violent crimes in Jamaica are linked and usually perpetrated by men. There are however many cases of women being involved in violent crimes, but the make up a very small percentage of these cases. It is common fact that solving men on men violence will reduce the occurrence of men on women violence in Jamaica and the rest of the world.

But what about rape and sexual assault? 

This is a massive issue in Jamaica, and should easily be one of the main focuses of our nation. Most women, from a very young have been raped, sexually assaulted or almost raped and sexually assaulted. Don't believe me? Pick up the phone and call any of your lady friends. 

This is a society issue that needs to be solved early on in the life of our children. If the root cause is not stamped out, this will continue to happen. Children or people who were abused, tend to become abusers. While this does not excuse their behaviour and they should be punished to the full extent of the law, placed on sex registries, we still have to implement preventative measures to ensure that our children are not being attacked by predators.

It is important that while these preventative measures are in place, we continue to spread messages to adult men and women, that NO MEANS NO. Yes, women are also raped by women. The laws MUST have weight in the sentencing of both genders for sex crimes. 

Solutions

The issues surrounding violence against women, including rape and sexual assault are societal and go back generations. There has been no real attempt to institute preventative measures. This is because a massive overhaul of the way we think as a people is needed and no one organization, person or government can solve this issue. It has to be done as a united people. With that said, these are the core solutions that we propose to begin the implementation of preventative measures:

  1. Individuals own their bodies and have rights over them that other individuals, groups, and governments may not violate. Individuals have the freedom and responsibility to decide what they knowingly and voluntarily consume, and what risks they accept to their own health, finances, safety, or life.
  2. Individuals are inherently free to make choices for themselves and must accept responsibility for the consequences of the choices they make. Our support of an individual’s right to make choices in life does not mean that we necessarily approve or disapprove of those choices. No individual, group, or government may rightly initiate force against any other individual, group, or government. As Uniters, reject the notion that groups have inherent rights. We support the rights of the smallest minority, the individual.
  3. The only legitimate use of force is in defense of individual rights — life, liberty, and justly acquired property — against aggression. This right inheres in the individual, who may agree to be aided by any other individual or group. We affirm the individual right to keep and bear arms, and oppose the prosecution of individuals for exercising their rights of self-defense. Private property owners should be free to establish their own conditions regarding the presence of personal defense weapons on their own property. We oppose all laws at any level of government restricting, registering, or monitoring the ownership, manufacture, or transfer of firearms or ammunition. 
  4. Parents, or other guardians, have the right to raise their children according to their own standards and beliefs, provided that the rights of children to be free from abuse and neglect are also protected.

What Does a UIC Government Look Like?

As Uniters, we seek to create ONE JAMAICA!

A Republic of Jamaica:

  1. That is not divided by class, party, colour or community.
  2. That protects the life, liberty and property of all citizens equally.
  3. That ensures everyone may live, earn and retire with dignity.
  4. That is among the safest, cleanest and most orderly of all nations. 

A Jamaica that is United, Strong and Free.

Protecting the life, liberty and property of every citizen equally is the essential precondition for a free, fair and prosperous society. 

Without this protection, there can be no peace, only poverty, crime and violence. 

We must banish the use of force and fraud from our human relationships, as it is only through voluntary, mutually beneficial, exchanges may we enjoy true peace and prosperity in our families, communities and country.

Consequently, we will defend the right of everyone to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest, and welcome the diversity, creativity and prosperity that true individual freedom brings. 

The society we seek to build is one where individuals are free to follow their own dreams in their own ways, without interference from government or any authoritarian power, provided they do not infringe on the life, liberty and property of others.

Our goal is nothing more or less than a society where all are truly free to realize their full potential in a safe, clean and orderly society, and it is to this end that we take these stands.

 

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