Report Child Abuse In Your Family, Community – DPP

Photo: Donald Delahaye Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Paula Llewellyn. (FILE)

Story Highlights

  • Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Paula Llewellyn, is calling on Jamaicans to be vigilant in looking out for signs of child abuse, even within in their own families, and to be courageous in reporting any such incident.
  • She pointed out that the protection of children and other vulnerable persons in the society, is everyone’s responsibility.
  • The public forum was hosted by the Rights Awareness Programme (RAP) under the theme: ‘Human Rights and I: A Conversation with Leading Voices.’

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Paula Llewellyn, is calling on Jamaicans to be vigilant in looking out for signs of child abuse, even within in their own families, and to be courageous in reporting any such incident.

She made the call, while responding to questions at a human rights forum held on October 29, at the University of Technology’s (UTech) Papine campus.

“How many of you are prepared to stand up and be counted if members of your community, or your family, or your yard are abusing children?” the DPP questioned.

She pointed out that the protection of children and other vulnerable persons in the society, is everyone’s responsibility.

“When we are talking about concerns for rights, I want each and every one of you to examine yourself and tell me what you have done lately, not only to make yourself aware of the rights, but to protect the rights of those who are vulnerable and are living within your community,” she said.

Ms. Llewellyn further encouraged the public to be informed about their rights. “Unless you know what your rights are, when you come upon situations, negative or positive, you will not be aware of how to properly harness those rights and assert the rights in an area of mutual respect, and most of all, benefit from the knowledge of what your rights are,” she pointed out.

“It’s so important that each of us be each other’s keeper and we have to continuously mentor each other…in respect of preserving each other’s rights,” she added.

The public forum was hosted by the Rights Awareness Programme (RAP) under the theme:  ‘Human Rights and I: A Conversation with Leading Voices.’

The RAP is a two-year project funded by the European Union (EU) to raise awareness among the youth about their human rights, and equip them with the skills and knowledge necessary to become good global citizens. The project also targets civil society organisations by providing capacity building opportunities.

The forum was the third in a series being held across the island.

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