SPARK-ENT SEPT 27, 2012


Yesterday, Wednesday, September 26, 2012 as I opened my twitter timeline my insides lurched to my throat.  If I had consumed even a cracker it would have made its way rapidly from my stomach via my throat to somewhere on the ground or my lap.

The story reflected how brutal and heartless some Jamaicans have become and reinforced in so many ways how disrespected and undervalued children and women are in this patriarchal society.  The irony of it all is that, it’s supposed to be a patriarchal society yet it is women who carry so many of the burdens and have to make $1 JA stretch more than pizza makers stretch dough. I tweeted the story, only to have another tweeter indicate to me that on Monday a mother found out that her 11 year old daughter was pregnant for her 63 year old grand uncle.  My eyes became fixed on the screen and my body numb for how long, I couldn’t even count.

This morning, I saw a tweet on my timeline with a photo that one of the alleged rapers was beheaded (at the time of writing, this was not confirmed).  Several persons including the Prime Minister spoke firmly against the brutality and violation (SEE STORY HERE from JAMAICA OBSERVER http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Rape-condemnation_12632597 )

Women’s Inc has also called for a Black Friday protest (SEE STORY HERE from JAMAICA OBSERVER http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Black-Friday-protest-against-sexual-violence_12633231  ) . Whilst the action to be taken by Women’s Inc is laudable, it is going to require collective effort on the part of the Jamaican society to eradicate this kind of sociopathic behavior.  Rape is oft associated with the need for power and whilst some would argue that some would rape regardless of is they had a job or not, there is no doubt that the stagnant economic pit in which Jamaica finds herself has led to to many men feeling unfulfilled in being able to be that of provider and hence a loss of respect from women.  Therefore in order to exert his power, rape is one means he might utilize to display his dominance.  Regardless of the motive, it is not only sad that so many cases of rape are presenting themselves in the Jamaican society, but the myriad atrocities that illuminate the media seems to cause a 7 – 9 day wonder.  The bombardment of the senses with the stark realities that face us is scary to the extent that it may cause immunity to these demented behaviours.

5 RAPED AT GUN POINT (TAKEN FROM THE JAMAICA OBSERVER, WEDS, SEPT 26, 2012)

IRWIN POINT, St James — Fear, outrage and condemnation aptly described the mood yesterday of residents in the middle-class community of Irwin Point, where five females, including an eight-year-old, were robbed and viciously raped on Monday night.

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The eight-year-old child, two other girls — aged 14 and 16 — and two adults were raped by two gunmen who are now being sought by the St James police.

READ MORE IN THE JAMAICA OBSERVER ( @jamaicaobserver ) HERE  : http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Irwin-in-fear

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11 YEAR OLD PREGNANT FOR 63 YEAR OLD GRAND UNCLE (EXCERPT FROM THE JAMAICA GLEANER, WED, SEPT 26, 2012)

An 11-year-old girl was on Monday admitted to the St Ann’s Bay Hospital, reportedly pregnant for her 63-year-old grand uncle, who she lived with in Carlton Mountain, Claremont in St Ann.

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The 11-year-old was taken to the St Ann’s Bay Hospital and admitted. However, the mother said she was told a second pregnancy test came back negative. The child was scheduled to be sedated for a procedure to be performed last night.

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“After everything happen, the only thing she [grand aunt] say to me is to ask me fi the $1,000 me owe har.”

READ THE FULL STORY HERE >> http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20120926/lead/lead1.html