Tertiary Institutions Should Lose State Funding For Failing To Report Incidents Of Abuse, Says Gender Activist


Local Gender activist, Nadeen Spence, is calling for a system which forces tertiary institutions to report incidents of abuse to the government, or lose State funding.

Her call comes as the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, is being rocked by a sexual harassment scandal, with at least four students issuing formal complaints against a male lecturer.

Stevian Simmonds reports…

A graduate of the arts college, detailed years of alleged sexual harassment by the lecturer at the centre of the scandal, while speaking on Nationwide @ 5, last evening.

She said the abuse started during her first year at the institution, when she was only 17 years old.

She says one day she was cornered by the teacher, who made an inappropriate remark to her.

Ms Spence who’s also an administrator at the University of the West Indies, Mona, says she’s not surprised by the allegations.

She says the alleged incident, and reports that it’s been happening for years, are examples of what she says is a ‘rape culture’ that exists in Jamaica.

She says it’s discouraged many females from reporting similar incidents of abuse.

Ms Spence says there should be checks on the vast power that lecturers have.

And, it’s why she wants a system in place that forces tertiary institutions to report incidents of sexual abuse to the government.

Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.

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