March to call for stiffer penalties for child molestation
Prophetess Rosie Reckley has joined forces with various churches and the Bahamas Christian Council (BCC) to march in an attempt to raise awareness about child molestation in The Bahamas.
“It’s a blessing to be in Nassau [once again] to let the city of Nassau know that we are here to sound the alarm on the child molestation, rape, and abuse,” Reckley told reporters at Zion Missionary Baptist Church.
“We are marching for justice for our children in the nation.
“We did this in Freeport on April 25…and now we’re here in Nassau and we’re about to take it from island to island.
“It is time for us in The Bahamas to wake up; to deal with this crisis that has been embedded in our society for so long.”
The march will take place on June 6 at 11 a.m. starting from Clifford Park to Rawson Square in the front of the House of Assembly.
On the day of the march, survivors are encouraged to come forth and be ministered to and prayed for. Counseling will also be provided for those who need help.
T-shirts for the event are on sale and can be purchased by calling (242) 455-3621.
Bahamas Christian Council (BCC) President Bishop Delton Fernander said that BCC is standing with Reckley and the children of The Bahamas.
“We are not protesting, we’re protecting,” Fernander said.
“We’re protecting our children and protecting our heritage.”
Reckley called for stiffer penalties for those who abuse children.
“…We want to see our laws changed,” she said.
“We need stiffer penalties.
“We cannot continue to go on with predators molesting year after year.
“They spend a few years and they come back out repeatedly, doing the same thing.
“We want to see laws changed.
“We don’t just want to march, we want to go forward…”
Reckley recalled a powerful statement made by a rape survivor during her tour in Freeport.
“When you molest a child, you steal their identity,” she said.
“When you rape or abuse a child, you steal their identity.
“So many of us as grown adults, we don’t have our identity…”
Reckley also agreed that The Bahamas should implement a sexual offenders registry. She said that the community ought to know who these people are and they shouldn’t be allowed to live near school zones. She added that following the June 6 march, the tour will continue to Bimini and Abaco.