SHOCKED, ASHAMED AND MORTIFIED: Jamaican poet sounds off on perverted pastors

Several cases recently of clergymen being accused of sex crimes against minors have led to a Jamaican poet penning a poem lashing out at perverted men 'of the cloth'.

In Shocked, ashamed and mortified, Sonya Stewart asks: "How do you look on a child for pleasure when you preach of honesty and trust? How could you abuse the innocence of a young girl when she looked to you for guidance?"

Stewart's poem comes against the background of a Jamaican pastor being charged with rape last week, after being caught, allegedly in a compromising position, with a 15-year-old girl in a parked car. Meanwhile, a pastor in Trinidad & Tobago will appear in court on February 2 to face charges of sexual grooming and sextual touching of a child - he allegedly committed the crimes against a 13-year-old girl.

See Stewart's poem in full below.

 

SHOCKED, ASHAMED AND MORTIFIED

By

Sonya Stewart

Shocked, ashamed and mortified

How could a man from the church, a clergy man touch our young girls?

How do you look on a child for pleasure when you preach of honesty and trust?

How could you abuse the innocence of a young girl when she looked to you for guidance?

How many others have there been? I am sure it’s not just one

Is there any carrying your child?  

Shocked, ashamed and mortified

How could you a man that calls on God look on a child for sexual pleasures...she's a child, she's now scarred for life, abused by the one man she should trust

You preach of wolf in sheep clothing and yet you were the wolf of which you speak ...she's damaged by your touch

Shocked, ashamed and mortified

The devil you speak of lives within you…you are your own demon

How can you look in the face of a child and rob her of her life ...how?

God, I don't understand why a man that calls your name… damaged this child ...Father why?

She will never be the same, the church she can't trust and neither can I ...Father God, she’s damaged for life

So now we see the teachers and preachers can't protect our child so how can they protect our soul?

She’s damaged for life

Shocked, ashamed and mortified

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