Research shows Jamaican resorts’ disturbing history of covering up sexual assault

A lot of the victims have come forward who claim to holiday hotspots on the island in the Caribbean, including Sandals also have bullied them into not reporting the alleged incidents to the police.
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Jamaican resorts have a disturbing history of the offer of money and confidentiality agreements to silence victims of sexual violence, according to a sweeping new survey that found one victim even said “go home and forget about it.”

A lot of the victims have come forward who claim to holiday hotspots on the island in the Caribbean, including Sandals also have bullied them into not reporting the alleged incidents to the police, the Detroit Free Press reported.

The series of sickening claims comes on the heels of an exclusive New York Post report about a $30 million lawsuit filed by New Jersey newlyweds Ashley Reid and Jeffrey Pascarella. The couple claims Reid was sexually abused by a butler while on a trip for their wedding in 2016.

In a recently revealed case, an 18-year-old au pair from South Africa said that she was drugged and raped while staying with a host family Sandals in Jamaica.

The American host family accepted a $25,000 payment from Sandals as a compensation for the trip — in exchange for signing a non-disclosure agreement from block to speak about the incident.

But the victim, who was left with scratches and bruises on her neck, never signed anything.

“Why are you bribing people to keep quiet?” the woman said to the Free Press. “I feel like they allowed this to happen, because they let someone off. They cover their backs so quickly, that they do not actually help the victim.”

The teenager undergoes a rape kit in the hospital, “the doctor said,” there’s clearly something happened,” she said.

Then she went to the police station to report what had happened, but got a nasty response.

“The policewoman said,” were you not warned about the culture here?” “she recalled.

The agent continued to chide her, saying, “These things that happen here. … The next time not so much drinking.”

Sandals refused to comment on the au pair’s allegations, but posted a statement on TripAdvisor.

“In this case, the local police conducted an investigation and assessed the Beaches of the Resort surveillance video footage that was immediately provided,” the statement said. “Local law enforcement then issued statements, in which they stated that,” We have collected statements and viewed video evidence all supports the claim of rape.’ The toxicological report has not revealed anything of note, and the theory of her drugged up is not sustainable.”

Sandals is not the only holiday destination where tourists claim that they have been sexually abused.

Ivy, a mother from Atlanta, said she was groped by an employee of the Sunscape Splash resort in Montego Bay in October during a trip for her 50th birthday.

She was in the water with the employee when he started with caressing of her genitals, which she immediately reported to the security.

The general manager told Ivy she could move to another resort, but would have to pay the difference in price. Open in surprise, then she went to a holiday representative, who told her, “if you want to call the police, or would you rather go home and forget about it?”

The rep urged her to “try to have a good time. Don’t let it ruin your holiday. Try to make the best of it.”

Meanwhile, the head of the security of the resort being pressured Ivy into not pressing charges, by telling her of the judicial process is costly and lengthy.

So she never did.

Ivy said the gated resorts, which are marketed as a luxurious and relaxing — are “a facade.”

“You feel that you are safe in there … but you’re not,” she said. “There was no compassion.”

Sunscape Splash had not the Free Press’ request for comment.

But on TripAdvisor, a rep responded to the Ivy is a negative review, saying: “The safety of our guests is always our highest priority. Please contact on … for me to better respond to your specific needs.”

A Kansas City woman remembered her 2017 sexual assault by a Sandals Ochi Beach Resort employee during a sailing trip. She decided to speak out — despite signing a non-disclosure agreement.

“You have beautiful lips,” the worker told her that if he stayed further out in the water, the woman recalled. At one point, he put his hands on her private parts and threw himself on top of her.

The victim reported the attack to Sandals but the resort never bothered calling the police. Instead, she got a $4,500 trip in exchange for signing a non-disclosure agreement.

“It was so fast and they don’t give me the time to think about everything,” said the woman. “I said,” I need the police?’ She said: “No. You don’t need to do that. We take care of everything.'”

This article originally appeared on the New York Post.

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