Over the past month, the Cayman Compass has shone a light on the issue of sexual harassment in these islands.
Cayman has a responsibility to create a safer society for young people coming into the working world, argues Compass guest columnist Aleigha General.
Although they are a few years shy of entering the world of work, Cayman International School students Somerset Lovett, Rosana Stroh and Lily Foster are hoping, by the time they get there, things will be different for women.
There is no legislation that compels employers in Cayman to have sexual harassment policies, let alone hold training sessions or workshops for staff.
Police believe sexual harassment is significantly under-reported in the Cayman Islands with just 13 offences recorded in the last year.
Cayman may have a ready-made solution to some of the sexual-harassment concerns highlighted in a Compass special report over the past month, in the form of a draft law that has been on the books for nearly a decade.
The Sexual Harassment Bill 2012 sought to address some of the issues experienced by women, and in some cases men, in the Cayman community. Here we look at how the law would work.
We interviewed five women who have faced different levels of harassment, exploitation, assault and abuses of power in workplaces around Cayman.
Amy was in a senior position at a small law firm when one of the partners invited her out to lunch to “discuss her future prospects”.
As an 18-year-old, Sarah didn’t necessarily see the over-friendly behaviour of her much-older boss as sexual harassment.
The Cayman Islands is overdue for an honest “reckoning” of the level of sexual harassment and sexual abuse in the community, according to Red Cross deputy director Carolina Ferreira.
Sexual harassment is both extremely common and chronically underreported in the Cayman Islands, the findings of a Cayman Compass project suggest.
The Cayman Compass asked readers to come forward with stories of sexual harassment on the islands. The response was overwhelming.
Cayman is far behind most countries in recognising, combatting and protecting its people against sexual harassment.