A Call for Transparency within the Belize Defence Force: Sexual Assault & Rape

The Belize Defence Force is the military of Belize and it’s purpose is to protect the sovereignty of Belize. They are here to serve and protect, however who protects those within the force when they are sexually assaulted and raped? It is no secret that time after time rape allegations, and sexual misconduct cases are often swept under the rug. We hear about it in the news, there is an interview or press conference and a few questions are answered and they say they are “investigating” and then there is silence. This week another allegation of rape was made by a female soldier.  The accused, Margarito Pop has since been charged.These allegations come on the heels of the recently concluded sexual misconduct investigation done within the organization. 

We don’t believe that the BDF has been forthcoming with enough information in this case or any others. We are demanding transparency with these investigations, and that perpetrators of rape and sexual assault are dismissed from the force. We would also like for a plan of action to be devised for the safety of all soldiers on the force. Sexual harassment and abuse should not be taboo for any of us to address, and we would like a change in policy and enforcement.

Below is one instance of the cover up rape culture which is a terrible reflection of the BDF and by extension our Belizean society and even in the broader scope of things, the worldwide acceptance of rape and sexual assault. 

https://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/197788

We want TRANSPARENCY and CHANGE

Sign here: https://www.change.org/p/brigadier-general-steven-ortega-a-call-for-transparency-within-the-belize-defence-force-sexual-assault-rape-20e2de1f-311d-40e2-b7b6-4c2553371b8e?recruiter=1108709195&utm_source=share_petition&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_initial&utm_medium=whatsapp&recruited_by_id=4bf9d2e0-a6b0-11ea-a2b7-7f9ade4b1113&utm_content=washarecopy_22618995_en-GB%3Av13

Published by Dominique Noralez

Spirit. Human. Belizean. Black. Wombmxn. Agape Tributary. Youth Leader.

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