We did have several comments on their Facebook page, but like usual, they don't like opposition and our comments were deleted and we were blocked.
She claims that there is no law saying they cannot do it, so therefore it's okay. But why are the police investigating them? Also, just because a law doesn't exist doesn't make it right.
And like suspected, she has ran for office in 2009.
Online registries like this are nothing more than online hit-lists for vigilantes to use, as can be seen here.
The relationship between the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service and community activist Sandra Catron (Facebook) took a different turn this week, following the launch of new investigations against her sexual offenders’ registry.
According to a police spokesperson, the RCIPS is investigating the posting of details of sex offenders on a Facebook page called the Cayman Islands Sex Offender Registry (Facebook).
The community activist did not deny managing and administering the Facebook page and noted that she was made aware that the RCIPS is investigating the site.
“My efforts for the registry have been ongoing for over seven years,” Ms Catron told Cayman Net News in an email. “The government has had ample time to put a programme in place and the fact that they haven’t done it sends a clear message to victims in this country. The goal is to protect other potential victims. Education is key and people need access to information,” she stated.
Ms Catron, who recently had a victory against the policy for conducting an unlawful search of her house and car, noted that she was offended by the cops’ attempts to frustrate her efforts to maintain an informed society.
“I’m appalled to hear from several reliable sources that the RCIPS is attempting to shut down the Cayman Islands Sex Offender Registry. This sends a very clear message to victims and the entire world,” she asserted.
She noted that successive administrations had frustrated her work and establishing the Facebook page became one way to ensure that the objective of having a registry was achieved.
“First, successive governments ignore the pleas to set up a government managed registry. Now that the citizens have had enough and are taking this initiative, they wish to bring legal charges against me and attempt to shut the registry down. I must admit that this is the one time that I welcome the RCIPS to come and arrest me,” she declared.
“Honestly their scare tactics and obvious ongoing harassment is not going to work. I stand prepared to seek out international human rights groups and other entities for their support. I am extremely disappointed with this latest development. Victims have set aside their fear and have come forward to assist me with the publications for the registry, so I will stand strong also. By stopping me, the RCIPS will not stop the publication, as there are others not located in Cayman who have ample administrative rights to the page. It’s very apparent that the RCIPS has a personal vendetta against me and are systematically harassing me whenever they can. They can do so, but it will be at their own legal peril,” Ms Catron stated.
Up to the time of going to press, the Facebook page had 625 likes.
“The registry was finally set up over the weekend and the support has truly been overwhelming,” Ms Catron said.
“As a result of several current rape cases in court, I have decided we can no longer remain silent on the issue. Many victims from years gone by have come forward and are providing content and details of their assaults. Sexual abuse and rape are deep-seated issues in these islands and we must take all steps to eradicate them” she said.
- (11/02/2010) Offender list petition filed