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Worrying child abuse statistics revealed

first_img Share 302 Views   one comment Sharing is caring! A total of one hundred and seventy (170) cases of child abuse were reported in Dominica for the year 2014, coordinator of the Child Abuse Prevention Unit, Jemma Azille Lewis has revealed.Mrs Lewis, in addressing media practitioners at a ‘Media as Advocates for Children’ workshop on Tuesday 3 March 2015 at the National Development Foundation of Dominica (NDFD) conference room, said sexual abuse dominated the total number of reported child abuse cases for 2014.There were one hundred and thirty-five (135) reported cases of child sexual abuse here; fifteen (15) boys/males and one hundred and thirty (130) girls/females.“In terms of children within 0-5 years being abused twenty-four, 6 -10 years of age thirty-eight, 11 – 15 years one hundred and one and 16 -17 years of age, seventeen cases,” Mrs Lewis informed.“I broke down the sexual abuse seeing that [it] is the main form of abuse being reported; boys five, girls a hundred and thirty,” Mrs Lewis noted. She also informed that there were also other forms of abuse reported to include physical twenty-four (24), neglect seven (7), neglect and physical four (4), incest twenty (20) and teen pregnancy nine (9).“So keep in mind that we had a hundred and seventy cases of child abuse incidents reported for 2014, out of the one hundred and seventy cases, a hundred and thirty-five of that were sexual related matters,” Mrs Lewis reiterated.Mrs Lewis indicated that while the Unit has made some progress in protecting children from child abuse, they do have “a few challenges” which includes lack of human and technical resources and inadequate legislation.“We have the Sexual Offences Act which is of 1998, there needs to be a review of it to ensure that we are up to date we are in 2015”.“Weak enforcement of existing legislation, for example if…somebody is found guilty of a sexual offence and you can take up to twenty-five years or forty years, why is it that you only pay a fine of three thousand dollars, why is it that you only take a prison confinement of three months or six months and do community service for the rest,” Mrs Lewis questioned.Additionally, she noted that the absence of a family court is another challenge as “it takes a while before some of these cases reach the high court”, compounded by parental attitude towards the abusers “they refuse to testify or they take bribes”.– / 19 Tweetcenter_img Share Share LocalNews Worrying child abuse statistics revealed by: Dominica Vibes News – March 4, 2015last_img

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