JAMAICA/MORAVIAN SEX SCANDAL (Naked Departure) — SACCHEEN LAING, poet — Saccheen Laing is the latest poet to sound off on the Moravian pastor sex scandal that has rocked Jamaica.
Laing, in a poem entitled Young Girl, tells the story of a female child who is being sexually abused by a pastor. The traumatised child is forced to face her abuser each Sunday at church while the congregation and even the child’s mother, turns a blind eye to his crimes.
Two weeks ago, a 15-year-old girl was allegedly found in a compromising position with a 64-year-old Moravian pastor, who has since been charged with rape.
The case has attracted widespread interest and brought the controversial subject of sexual abuse in the church into the national spotlight. Over the weekend, another poet, Sonya Stewart, released a poem, under the headline Shocked, Ashamed and Mortified, on the subject.
See full text of Laing’s poem here. Naked Departure