UPDATE: Age of Consent Petition Status
It is now four months since a petition began in an effort to increase the age of consent from 16 to 18 years, by Gender Advocate Mrs. Delia Cuffy Weekes.
She now has a total of 1,168 signatures have been collected thus far.
Mrs. Weeks stated, the petition she started on January 7th 2013, will continue until November 25th 2013 in an effort to collect 50,000 signatures.
She said the signatures are coming in slowly but surely from all over the world.
Mrs. Weekes noted, there is still a long way to go in meeting their target of 50,000 signatures.
She added anyone who feels they have the capability to collect at least 20 signatures for the cause, they can call her on telephone number 276-1573 to collect the forms to fill in and return to her.
The Gender Advocate said, she is hoping that after November 25th, the signatures will be submitted to Prime Minister Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit.
She is hoping that discussions will continue on the issue.
She said, she is also willing to host discussions on group levels in various communities, to further explain her cause to the citizens of Dominica, so they will sign the petition with an informed understanding of the cause.
She said raising the age of consent serves two purposes.
One is asking mature individuals to accept responsibility for their actions, and the other is to protect the young people from themselves, so they do not engage in activities they will regret later in life.