It’s been three-and-a-half years since one of the most horrific crimes in the history of the Cayman Islands claimed anti-domestic violence advocate and Cable and Wireless executive Estella Scott-Roberts.
On Saturday, a group of nearly 100 people gathered in Camana Bay for a march around George Town to honour Estella’s memory and raise awareness about sexual assault in the Cayman Islands.
Estella was kidnapped, raped and murdered by two men who are now serving life sentences at Her Majesty’s Prison at Northward.
“Estella, who is no longer with us, while she was at the crisis centre, was one of those who were instrumental to starting this observance [of sexual assault awareness month] in the Cayman Islands,” said Rayle Roberts, Estella’s husband, before the start of Saturday’s march. Mr. Roberts is the chairman of the Estella Scott-Roberts Foundation.
The foundation seeks each April to raise public awareness about sexual violence, educate the community about how it can help prevent it.
“We sometimes here at home, in my mind, don’t recognise how severe the problem is,” he told marchers Saturday. “So many people who [domestic and sexual violence affects don’t say anything … because they think somebody won’t listen to or understand them.” “For some they’re silent because the perpetrator is someone of power. If I say it, in this small community, how do I move forward. It’s not just a women’s issue, it’s not just a man’s issue or a child’s issue. It affects us all.”
The march was held in silence, after which demonstrators held a raffle and learned the winners of a poetry competition. The entries were submitted prior to the event.
“Sexual assault does not have a place in our community,” Mr. Roberts said. “It requires all of us … to come together and let everyone know they’re safe to speak out.”