Cayman: Wealthy Cayman has no sex registry, but poorer countries have one

Source: 1/16/22

According to the Belize Crime Observatory, the government of Belize — through the Ministry of Home Affairs — officially launched the Belize Crime Observatory on October 25, 2016, as part of the InfoSegura Project.  This puts Belize, a poorer country than Cayman (according to GDP per capita figures from the World Bank national accounts and OECD National Accounts data files) years ahead of Cayman.  This leads one to question whether it is a matter of resources or political will of previous government administrations in Cayman to get it done.

An official sex offender registry should also be considered by Cayman authorities.  Even if some members of the community feel it is a waste of time, at a minimum, a registry would allow a member of a community to make an informed decision about his or her safety and the protection of their family and others close to them.

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“(since some sex offences are committed by someone close to the victim)”

“a registry would allow a member of a community to make an informed decision about his or her safety and the protection of their family and others close to them.”

I juxtaposed the above two quotes from the article because that illustrates the conflict between them. Use of the word “some” in the first minimizes the danger from acquaintances (particularly for children), and by implication exaggerates the danger due to strangers. From assertions like that, community members are more likely to make uninformed rather than informed decisions.

These seemingly small bits of misinformation or misperceptions can spin into a whirlwind of moral panic. To paraphrase Joseph Goebbels, all it takes for a misconception to become a preconception is repetition. Although it is necessary to fight the large battles (thanks Janice, et al.), education happens on an individual level. That is where each of us can make a difference.

This article is another cautionary tale of those of us who think that moving to another country that seems safe for us will be permanent. The US anti-registrant hysteria is sweeping the world like a virus.

I find it amusing that registry proponents claim that it allows people to make informed decisions about individuals on it. All the registry shows is the charges one was convicted for violating – not one single word about the circumstances that led to them – leaving them free to imagine the worst before ever exchanging one single word with the registrant.

“Wealthy Cayman” explains why they don’t have one. I’d like to see the data breakdown of who’s committing the alleged crimes.

I suggest reading the whole article because while it does advocate for a registry, it also explains why getting one there hasn’t had much traction in the past. The fact seems to be that at least thus far the people there have seen reason and have understood that the registry is ineffective. Instead of providing any evidence to the contrary, including data from other countries showing that the registry is somehow effective, this writer would like to advocate for a registry on the basis that not implementing one would be backwards because poorer countries have a registry. So the argument is that apparently having a registry is not evidence based but instead required to keep up with the trend of other countries? Where do people come up with this stupid logic?

I’ve visited Cayman. It’s a very small island and most of the residents live in small dwellings. It’s not what you think: Beautiful beaches, drive on the left side of the road and not at all what most picture. A registry wouldn’t make sense

Will, your an angry individual. Please note that I’m free to share my opinions, I’ve visited the Cayman Islands and I’m off the registry per probably one of the last COR’s given to a registered citizen in LA, even though I reside in OC! I’ve just been reinstated via a professional license via healthcare! Why, I planned ahead, I was driven, I didn’t sit around waiting for things and I took chances, remained positive, vigilante, made phone calls and I ignored individuals via this site who remain angry. I refused to get caught up with drama. Your comments clearly demonstrate you have control issues, your angry and that’s not healthy! The registries aren’t going away! I do believe some individuals or repeat offenders should be on the registry! How long? Not sure. I was definitely guilty and got superbly lucky. Part of rehabilitation is taking accountability! Change your ways or you will have no luck. Nobody wants to hear angry condescending individuals who lash out at this making constructive comments. Maybe people might make positive comments? Share solutions? Help one another? I was arrested of 5 felonies! I plead to a lesser battery! Summary probation! 17b, expunged and COR! Nothing was easy! Now, I’m delicensed, doing amazing and if this website didn’t exist, I would still be registering! I’m not. Will Allen, life has changed. I truly wish you all the best and I wish you where off the registry now! I know the feeling. God bless! It’s not easy and the registry isn’t fair, ruins lives, causes financial hardships, ruins careers and it’s emotionally draining!