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  • Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, has made another blistering condemnation of those who continue to abuse the nation’s children.
  • She said abuse does not lead to improved behavior by the child, but to rebellion.
  • The Prime Minister noted that there are too many instances of child abuse.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, has made another blistering condemnation of those who continue to abuse the nation’s children.

“I condemn every attack on any child in this country. If they are misbehaving and you don’t like it, take them to a teacher, a pastor, a community leader, a person that can demand respect. Please do not abuse them,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.

She said abuse does not lead to improved behavior by the child, but to rebellion. “I am appealing to all Jamaicans, and I am appealing to communities to look out for the children,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.

The Prime Minister noted that there are too many instances of child abuse. “Children are God’s gift to mothers and fathers. We have a responsibility to see to the care and protection of children. (If) you know you are not going to take care of them, (if) you know that you are not going to love them, don’t …try to have any. You can’t bring children into the world to abuse them, to mistreat them,” she said.

The Prime Minister was delivering the keynote address on April 12 at the official handing over of the Rocky Point market, in South East Clarendon. The facility was constructed at a cost of approximately $50 million.

She called on communities to unite and “rise up” to care and protect children. “I want to live to see the day in Jamaica when we can make true the African proverb, ‘it takes a village to raise a child,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.

She pointed out that when communities are united, “we do not have our children being abused, being battered, being raped.”

She also appealed to men who sexually abuse, or get involved with underage girls, to desist from these criminal acts.

Mrs. Simpson Miller said the government will be looking at legislation to further protect the children.