Sexual abuse of minors is evidence that children are not equipped with knowledge to defend themselves, Athill says

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Yet another case of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor has been reported to the Police, igniting alarm in clinical psychologist Dr. Cleon Athill. CLICK HERE TO JOIN OUR WHATSAPP GROUP.

Reports say the mother of a 14-year-old girl took her to the Special Victims Unit, alleging that she had been raped by a man whom she knows.

Having received certain information from the victim, the Police have launched an investigation into the incident, which reportedly occurred on May 28 in the eastern part of the island.

Meanwhile, several reports of this nature have been made to the Police over the past two weeks. Accordingly, Dr. Athill is concerned about the sexual treatment of young girls and women, in general.

She states that sexual abuse is a significant problem in Antigua and Barbuda; but, because we are a punitive and permissive society, she says, people do not always want to discuss this issue.

Athill also notes that this is a very sexualized culture; and, yet, people are still ashamed of being sexual and, therefore, go underground with their behaviours.

The former school counselor says this problem is not unique to Antigua and Barbuda, but is widespread in other parts of the region.

Because adults do not want to broach the subject of sex, Athill says, children are not often equipped with the knowledge they need to defend themselves against sexual predators.

She acknowledges that there are persons who harbour the thought that the way a woman dresses is an invitation for sex. But Dr. Athill says that a victim should not be blamed at any time for having been sexually violated. –– REAL News

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  1. Most predators would have a field day in Antigua because you legally allow grown men 30's 40's 50's and all, to be able ruin young girls.

    Oh please.
    Any word on or even a whisper of changing your age of consent laws.
    It seems no one cares to change it from the Prime Minister to the AG (calm down all previous PM and AG)
    Lol but not funny your age of consent is only 16.
    My last visit to Antigua a young lady who I don’t know was openly discussing her sexual relationship with a Doctor who works at the Hospital.
    She looks a little mature but I could easily tell she was young.
    I was told she was only 16 UNBELIEVABLE .
    Last time I checked 15 came before 16 that’s the picture I’m trying to draw in your head .
    Excuse me while I go throw up 🤮 that’s some sick 🤢 shit.

    • Where are the voices of POWA?

      WHY IS UPP HIERARCHY ATTRACTING & ALLOWING THESE PERPETRATORS TO HAVE A VOICE ON THEIR FRONT LINE.

      IS IT BIRDS OF A FEATHER ALWAYS ATTRACT EACH OTHER?

      THE NATION NEED MEN AS GOOD ROLE MODELS TO LEAD & ADVOCATE TO US SO OUR CHILDREN CAN HAVE A BRIGHT TOMORROW

  2. You’re a hypocrite- you associate yourself with a bunch of pedophiles and blaming the thing on children not being equipped to defend self, shame on you. Magical one and the other from far east. Ah child molesters them be

  3. I hope and wish she would speak out against her party aligning themselves with known and convicted child sex offenders. It is disgraceful to say the least. There should be no room for these men in our politics. None whatsoever.

  4. You are right.
    LIKE ABLP THE UPP SELECTS WHO BACKS THEM YOU USEFUL IDIOT.
    CAN THE PARTY TELL WHO TO SUPPORT THEM AND WHO NOT TO SUPPORT THEM?
    IT IS UP TO THE VOTER.
    BUT THEN THE ABLP PARTY IS MADE UP OF ALL SAINTS, THEY HAVE NO SINNERS, THEY ARE ALL PERFECT INDIVIDUALS,INCLUDING EVERY SINGLE SUPPORTER.
    NONE OF THEM WERE EVER SENT TO JAIL FOR DRUGS (BIG FOOT TR),,,A NUMBER OF MINISTERS INCLUDING LESTER BIRD WERE NOT ACCUSED A FEW YEARS AGO OF A TEENAGE SEX RACKET? A NUMBER OF CURRENT MINISTERS NOT DATING YOUNG GIRLS?
    I COULD GO ON BUT I GUESS U GOT THE POINT

  5. HYPOCRITE Cleon Athill you should drop out of the UPP CANDIDATES race because that is where the PEDOPHILES are lodged. That is if you mean what you say or CONSCIOUS. You are a DAMN HYPOCRITE. I have lost all respects for you CLEON ATHILL.

    • LESTER BIRD AND A NUMBER OF THE ALP CANDIDATES WERE ALL CAUGHT RED HANDED A FEW YEARS AGO IN A TEENAGE SEX RACKET. THATS PAEDOPHILIA.
      I DIDNT HEAR YOUR DRUMS BEATING MONICA, SIDE LINES AND SLOW TALKER.

      OH YES, ABLP CAN DO NO SIN NOR WRONG.
      USEFUL IDIOTS. YOU WILL STILL LOSE THE ELECTION, BECAUSE ALL YOU DO IS SLANDER BECAUSE YOU HAVE NO RECORD TO RUN ON. DESPERATION SETTING IN

      • Antigua newsroom you have evidence of what this writer (poverty) asserts? Careful he does ensure that your org is held responsible via a suit from lb family

          • EDITOR as usual TENMAN and FROM THE SIDELINE are talking pure nonsense. There could be no defamation suit brought by Lester Bird’s family on his behalf since a defamation suit must be brought by the person who is allegedly been defamed. As far as I know Lester Bird is dead and therefore can bring a suit for defamation. The latter seems only possible in the world of TENMAN and FROM THE SIDELINE.

          • A dead person cannot sue for defamation. Lester Bird is dead and therefore cannot bring a suit for defamation. Since such a suit cannot be assigned his family could not bring it. As usual TENMAN and FROM THE SIDELINE are talking their usual nonsense.

          • Editor rest assured Charles Tabor is 110 percent correct.
            As per my 20 plus years experience that comment you responded to is a non issue, silly and not worth the paper it’s written on a good laugh.
            Keep bringing the goods🚚

          • But Editor whether there is a legal cause or not, don’t you think it is very irresponsible on your side to have published sometime that despicable and untruth about our National Hero? I mean does anything goes. You set no standards whatsoever?
            I mean as Tabor said a death man cannot bring charges. But certainly, you should have some standard when it comes to that.
            Or are you a Bird hater as well.

          • Remember when these allegations were made Lester took the Observer to court and one his case and Observer had to pay him, I believe it was $80K. He then sad he doesn’t need the money and will give it to someone to study proper journalism. Don’t know if that ever happened.

      • Dont forget one of your leaders was found guilty of stealing & sent to jail and then made a national hero. How can u justify that?

  6. Agree with Miss Athill that we need to do more when it comes to sex education. Have to say my former counselor is with the wrong party. Anyway its her right to make mistakes but at her age..

    • TENMAN you are still around. What counseling did Dr. Athill provide for you? Was it in the area of sex education? Anyway, I do not think that her Party affiliation was a mistake. Is your Party affiliation a mistake?

      • @ Tabor 😂 😆 didn’t know you’re so good with the standup 🎙️🎤 .
        Some things best left unanswered

      • @tabor- unless like you (allegedly) , she enjoys rkelly action, being pissed on, my former secondary school counselor is in a bad place with upp. Clearly for you once it’s coming from Harold, it’s like rain.

        • And for you TENMAN once anything is coming from Gaston Browne it is like gospel and gold.

  7. A Politician in Antigua had a child with a child from Grays Farm.I wondered which political party he was affiliated with. The UPP was not in existence back then.There has always been a culture in Antigua of old farts going after little girls.

  8. TABOR , why are you encouraging these BAD EGGS in the UPP. Cleon Athill is associating with these CRIMINAL ELEMENTS in UPP. The name of the CANDIDATE from the EAST will release soon.

  9. Correction to my earlier post:
    As far as I know Lester Bird is dead and CANNOT bring a suit for defamation.

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