In light of the recent Reynold Robinson case, we look at how widespread the problem of underage sexual contact is and shed light on the lesser recognized predators.
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With the latest revelation of the Reynold Robinson case, let’s explore what do our laws actually say about the age of consent, and let’s push past the initial, and frankly superficial and many times hypocritical, outrage over the reporting of such situations.
What is the actual age of consent in The Bahamas? Adolescents aged 16 and older can legally consent to sexual activity without consent from fiduciary guardianship.
What does the term Statutory Rape mean? Statutory rape is the act of having consensual intercourse with someone who you know or should have known is under 18 years of age. How does Bahamian law define rape?
Rape is the act of any person not under fourteen years of age having sexual intercourse with another person who is not his spouse — (a) without the consent of that other person; (b) without consent which has been extorted by threats or fear of bodily harm; (c) with consent obtained by personating the spouse of that other person; or (d) with consent obtained by false and fraudulent representations as to the nature and quality of the act Source: The Bahamas Sexual Offenses Act. Pages 3 &4, Section 3, Subsection a,b,c,d
Article 11 States: (a) has unlawful sexual intercourse with any person being of or above fourteen years of age and under sixteen years of age, whether with or without the consent of the person with whom he had unlawful sexual intercourse; or (b) attempts to have unlawful sexual intercourse with any person being of or above fourteen years of age and under sixteen years of age, whether with or without the consent of the person with whom he attempted to have unlawful sexual intercourse, is guilty of an offense and liable to imprisonment for life. How do we understand this?
Exactly how widespread is the problem of adults, preying on and molesting minors? It’s been said that the actions of Mr. Robinson are well known and well documented, so how far does the accountability stretch?
A lot of the response to situations like these is, “These young people too fast” is there any validity to these statements? Swift judgment and justice usually come to male predators, but for some odd reason, female predators get a pass. Why?
If you notice, the laws are not gender-specific Bahamian Society are the most at fault. On the surface, they claim the moral high ground, when in reality this behavior is not just tolerated, but promoted and encouraged. Usually under the guises of humor, culture, the pursuit of rights, justice, acceptance, or equality. (Responses)
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