FiWeBelize agrees with this and supports this move.
Late this evening the People’s United Party’s women’s group also sent a release regarding the situation. It says, “the People’s United Party is appalled by the recent reports of sexual misconduct of adult men with minors, by persons in positions of trust and authority; and in particular by the matter involving the Principal and Pastor of the Belmopan Baptist School and Church who has confessed to being involved in an inappropriate relationship with a teenage female student and church member.” The UWG says it finds the report very disturbing and calls on the Ministry of Education, the Belize Association of High School Principals, the Baptist Association of Belize and the Belize Council of Churches to act swiftly and decisively to immediately implement appropriate measures to ensure that such actions do not re-occur. The mother also told News Five that she intends to start a campaign about changing the law of consent which currently stands at age sixteen.
Voice of: Mother of 16 year old Victim
“I want to start a group protesting this particular law. Now I’ve heard, again this is hearsay; that this law was brought about because of a particular religion. And I’m saying okay, let’s amend the law. If it is for a particular religion, then they can do this. You just have to show that this religion you belong to if you do something like that. Other than that, this is an open door for a pedophile. A lot of men are aware of the fact that sixteen is okay. And you are looking at the men are smarter than these girls and they get them to do things and then the men fall back on the fact that they’re sixteen and it’s okay. This is mighty funny because I don’t understand how at sixteen, your mama has to still take care of you until you are eighteen because you are a child by law here. But sixteen, you are an adult to do an adult act and sex is an adult act. So to me you cannot be a child one minute and an adult the next minute. So I feel that we need to do a march, we need to protest this, we need to fight this, we need to get rid of this law because this law is not protecting our children. This law is not for our children. I feel as though we need to do something about this and a lot of people are not even aware that there was a law like this. So once this is out by the media, paper, whatever. People are going to see this. We need to join together and fight to see this law removed.”
So for now, since no decision has been taken, Pastor Willacey is expected to be at orientation day on Friday.