Cause

There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children” Nelson Mandela

A range of feelings a sexually abused child can experience.
(Image copyrighted to Island Vignettes)

WHO estimates that 150 million girls and 73 million boys under 18 experienced forced sexual intercourse or other forms of sexual violence during 2002.

Message from the Editor

I have been a Child Rights professional for several years. The situation of children, the protection of their rights and well-being is close to my heart. Through engagements with local and international NGOs, I have developed workshops & training modules, conducted sensitisations and worked on a National Plan of Action committee to implement the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Notwithstanding these and other activities with Civil society & Government, I feel the need to spread awareness even more. Our efforts can never be enough. Please continue reading if you wish to make a difference in the lives of our children. 

ACT! STOP CHILD ABUSE NOW!

 “child abuse or maltreatment constitutes all forms of physical and/or emotional ill-treatment, sexual abuse, neglect or negligent treatment or commercial or other exploitation, resulting in actual or potential harm to the child’s health, survival, development or dignity in the context of a relationship of responsibility, trust or power.” (WHO Consultation on Child Abuse Prevention, 1999)

WHO estimates that 150 million girls and 73 million boys under 18 experienced forced sexual intercourse or other forms of sexual violence during 2002.

In Jamaica, statistics show that more than 12,000 cases of child abuse have been reported since 2007.

Our children are vulnerable to many forms of abuse from various sources. It is our responsibility to protect them from this. You can start by being aware of sources/potential abusive situations and then it is necessary to ACT once you are aware. Here are common settings in which violence against our children can occur:

  1. Violence in the home/ family – eg infanticide, sexual, physical & psychological abuse
  2. Violence in schools – eg bullying, violent & humiliating forms of discipline
  3. Violence in institutions – eg in foster care,orphanages, NGO shelters etc
  4. Violence in the community & on the streets – eg gangs, children in conflict with the law, children involved in organised crime etc
  5. Violence in work situations – eg forced labour, trafficking, commercial sexual exploitation etc

So, what can you do? Talk to your child, get to know their friends, ensure they are comfortable confiding in you, build trust, be vigilant for changes in behaviour, be vigilant for signs of abuse, always assess the risks when leaving them in the company of others – whether family member or friend. If you are not a parent, dont hesitate to share information with others, NEVER be afraid to speak out or assist others. Yes, we are sometimes concerned for our own safety, but there are too many creative ways to lend assistance, so do not just stand by and watch. Get all the information you need and ACT. Our children deserve to be protected and to have the opportunity to enjoy safe, productive lives!

Are you interested in finding out more or MAKING A DIFFERENCE? To be inspired on other ways to help, check out some online resources I found (No copyright infringement intended):

7 thoughts on “Cause”

  1. Thank you for adding your voice to this worthy cause. Everyone who stands up for a child stands up for all humanity. Keep up the good work. May your voice echo where it most needs to be heard.

  2. Thank you very much for your kind words and encouragement. I am passionate about addressing some of the issues children face. I’m happy we found each other in the blogosphere!

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