‘Stop destroying our children’ – Minister warns

first_imgLocalNews ‘Stop destroying our children’ – Minister warns by: – March 24, 2014 Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Minister for Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs, Gloria Shillingford (Office of the Prime Minister photo)Minister with responsibility for Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs, Gloria Shillingford, has admonished citizens to stop the abuse of the country’s youth. The Minister, in addressing the Atkinson Village Council’s 16th inaugural meeting at the weekend, noted that one of the things she wished didn’t happen but it continues, is child abuse and sometimes sexual abuse. The Minister noted that one of the things she wished didn’t happen but it continues, is child abuse and sometimes sexual abuse.“My good gracious me, what business it is of a big grown man to sexually abuse a child; nine years, seven years, six years, five years, just imagine that”.“You have spoilt that child for life. It is something that long after you wonder why that person is getting on like that,” Mrs Shillingford lamented.Statistics indicate that eighty-five percent of victims of violence and abuse here are women, while seventy-five percent of that data is against young people below the age of consent which is sixteen.Out of the persons who are abused, fifteen percent of the abusers are female and the abuse of the greatest frequency is sexual abuse and molestation.She said abuse and sexual molestation is well-known to have severe psychological effects on victims especially children.“We should stop destroying our children because when we destroy them, we destroy a generation”.She therefore called on parents to protect their children, especially the females. “Hold your little girls as your handbags”.“You go out, hold unto them… when you cannot see them or you cannot leave them with a responsible person, maybe their granny or whatever it is, hold them with you”. “When they are not at school, sometimes they’re just playing around in the yard or you they are playing with the neighbor’s child or whatever, you do not know what is going on – keep an eye on your children,” the minister advised.According to Mrs Shillingford, the statistics on sexual abuse “cannot lie” and it shows that “instead of getting better, we are getting worst”.“We cannot be such a sick society and I’m not saying it is everybody, but let us look out for the few who intend to destroy our youth, destroy our children and let us make it our business to not make it happen,” Shillingford noted. Dominica Vibes News 50 Views   one comment Sharelast_img read more