The much talked about Draft sexual offences amendment bill will go before parliament before the end of the year
The much talked about Draft sexual offences amendment bill will go before parliament before the end of the year.
That’s word from the country’s Justice Minister Rayburn Blackmoore.
The Minister revealed at a recent press conference that cabinet’s discussion on the amendment has ended.
Following a staggering 135 reported cases of child sexual abuse in Dominica in 2014, Blackmoore stated in January 2015 that government would establish systems to better equip prosecutors as they deal with the problem of sexual offences on the island.
In October 2015, a special committee was appointed under the chairmanship of Legal Consultant Ray Harris to look at the provisions of the sexual offences act of 1998 and to make some recommendations for amendments.
Blackmoore says the amended act is a duty owed to the youth, women and other vulnerable groups in Dominica.
Justice Minister Rayburn Blackmoore
In January 2016, Legal Consultant Ray Harris submitted a report to Blackmoore with an amendment bill to the sexual offences act.
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