A small but determined group of advocates against social ills on children, took to the streets of Hillsborough last week Monday, as the country continues to wrap its head around the unbelievable rape of a 12-year-old child by three young men on mainland Grenada some two weeks ago.
Armed with powerfully worded placards and a relevant song the marchers sent a forceful warning to perpetrators of such crimes, about the dangers of such a practice to minors. The message resonated loudly as persons in Hillsborough stopped what they were doing to gesture signs of support to the marchers.
The exercise was organized by Kisha McFarlane. She said that the march was organized to send a powerful message that sexual or any molestation of children has no place in the society. She pointed out that the march was to also convince those involved in such a despicable and unconscionable act to desist now while hoping that anyone contemplating that behaviour would immediately divert their intentions.
Ms McFarlane who as a child was sexually abused, said that persons must realize that such incidents could have permanent effects on the life of a victim.
She also pointed out that she intends to keep the awareness alive and not just get into public action when the need arises.
“This would be an ongoing process so that people would always be alert to this dangerous scourge in our society”, said Ms McFarlane.
Among those carrying placards were the New National Party caretaker for the sister isles, Kindra Mathurine Stewart and the National Democratic Congress’ Tevin Andrew.
Both politicians said that incidents of that nature must be condemned in the strongest possible manner while calling on the guilty parties to refrain from such deplorable behaviour with immediate effect.