Do the right thing

I am writing this letter with great despair for the state in which I have seen my beloved Isles come to.

As a young Caymanian, I am disheartened for the future of our Islands, with the increased number of heinous and violent crimes on our people, and especially our children.

Although I am discouraged, I refuse to let the nuisances of our society ruin the tranquillity of our islands and I want to challenge each and every law-abiding citizen of these islands to feel the same.

The criminal events that have taken place on our islands in recent weeks is an indication that the criminal-minded persons of our society have a sense of belief that they will either avoid being caught or that they will receive minuscule penalties for their crimes.

The most recent of these tragedies has been the brutal death of Mrs. Estella Scott-Roberts, and before this was the despicable act of a sexual assault on an innocent five year old child.

Sadly, in the last mentioned incident, the attention that was once the focus of so many only two weeks ago, has dissipated from our society, as often happens as time passes or a new tragedy occurs.

We cannot allow this to happen anymore!

As the public, we become the voice of those who are no longer present on this earth with us and we are also the voice of the children of this country. We cannot continue to be outraged only when the crimes occur but we must let that anger and hurt be the motivation and driving force for demanding positive change in our islands.

Every four years the voting public has the strongest voice on Election Day, but that voice does not, and should not, end there.

It is the responsibility of our elected representatives to work on our behalf and for the country’s well-being! It is fundamentally their responsibility to listen to the concerns we voice; and people, keep in mind that there are many ways that ensure that they do so.

One person may not make a major difference, but when we stand together, united for a cause, we can accomplish much.

No one in these islands is immune to the crimes which have recently been taking place here.

These brutal attacks, committed by nothing less than animals, could have happened (and God forbid) can happen to our mothers and fathers, siblings and children. It is only by God’s grace that we have been spared.

I truly believe that we have all been put on this Earth to make a difference in this world.

We cannot stand by and tolerate the predators of our most vulnerable in society, our children, spending two years of their lives in prison.

If the findings of the psychiatric report are correct and this ‘man’ is mentally unstable, why would we want to release him back into society completely unchecked and unsupervised!

This is completely ludicrous! Sexual offenders should have to face a penalty of no less than 25 years to life in prison.

Based on research conducted by the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, it is indicated that one in five girls and one in 10 boys will be sexually victimised before adulthood.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice statistics, five per cent of convicted sexual offenders and paedophiles were re-arrested for another sex offence within three years of being released.

Seeing that this convicted person is in his early 20s, when he is released he will have too many more years to think up and commit even more heinous crimes on our children.

I am appealing to the Governor of these islands, the courts and those responsible for carrying out justice, our politicians who are ultimately our law makers, to listen to the voice of the people and take a stance to do what is right for these islands.

There is no better time than now to grab the bull by its horns and show these criminals that we will not tolerate their terrorizing of our islands. Both of our islands’ political parties have main offices and email addresses.

I urge everyone to contact our elected members and to voice your concerns, whether vocally or in writing, and also through the variety of media sources.

We all have an obligation to do the right thing and make a difference. ‘If we don’t stand for something, we will fall for anything’.

God Bless us all,

Heidi Hunt

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