Curtis Baptiste, an NDC activist from Victoria, St. Mark is alleged to have entered the house of a Victoria resident and had sex with an 11-year-old minor. According to reports, Mr. Baptiste waited when the grandmother of the 11-year old went out to tether her sheep and entered the home.
Certainly, this is an alleged charge. But so many of our women and children do not receive justice for crimes committed against them that run an array of reasons, which include, but are not limited to further intimidating the victims to the point of fear, thus refusing to come to court to the powerful links to people in authority sometimes enjoyed by the accused, it is shameful. Certainly, this NDC administration talks of making changes to the Criminal Justice procedures and intends to implement new ones that will hold criminals accountable, and not slip through the cracks. Other citizens of Grenada present their own suggestions for dealing with crimes and criminals. For example, retired High Court Judge, Justice Lyle St. Paul said that we must hold mothers accountable for their children who fall victim to sexual offenders; a statement I took issue with for many reasons. This case is a case, I believe, justifies my position on Justice Lyle St. Paul's statement. Here are some more relevant questions for Mr. St. Paul. Do you think we should charge, as you have suggested, “punish” the grandmother/guardian for this crime? Do you really think that her grandmother and maybe her mother are responsible for getting her rape? Indeed, within the content of your statement as presented by The New Today online news report, no mention was made of any specific crime you intended to charge or "punish" the mothers for. You are a smart man, sir; I am not going to insult your intelligence. However, I will point out one possible reason to take action against the parents, and or guardians. Was this 11-year-old-minor left alone in the house? If she was, then the parents/guardians’ action left her venerable to criminals. That is called child endangerment, and endangering the wellbeing of a child is a crime, isn’t it? I sure hope so.
All in all, I hope this case does not fall through the cracks of our criminal justice system as so many those. I hope justice will be served; in fact, one meaningful change I, and many others I am sure would like to see implemented in the justice system for these types of crimes is, instead of seeing Curtis Baptiste Vs. 11-year-old –minor and her family; it should be Curtis Baptiste vs. The Government of Grenada, period! ‘Nuff said!