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  • As the nation observes Child Month in May, Government Senator, Dr. Saphire Longmore, is calling on law-abiding citizens to be more protective of children from sexual predators.
  • During her address in the Senate on Friday (May 10), Dr. Longmore cited the recent killing of children and emphasised the need for parents and guardians to protect the nation’s youth.
  • She noted that statistics from the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) show that, on average, 10 out of every 1,000 children are subjected to child abuse or maltreatment; 79 per cent of children witness violence in their communities or home; and 68 out of every 100,000 children are victims of a violent crime.

As the nation observes Child Month in May, Government Senator, Dr. Saphire Longmore, is calling on law-abiding citizens to be more protective of children from sexual predators.

During her address in the Senate on Friday (May 10), Dr. Longmore cited the recent killing of children and emphasised the need for parents and guardians to protect the nation’s youth.

She noted that statistics from the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) show that, on average, 10 out of every 1,000 children are subjected to child abuse or maltreatment; 79 per cent of children witness violence in their communities or home; and 68 out of every 100,000 children are victims of a violent crime.

Dr. Longmore added that 14 children have been murdered since the start of this year, 83 were raped, 49 were victims of grievous sexual assault and one committed suicide.

She implored those who have information about the predators that target children to call Crime Stop or contact the police.

“It is safe and it is secure [to contact the relevant authorities]. Make an effort to save our children,” she urged.

Dr. Longmore reiterated that during May 2019, the National Child Month Committee will be focusing on children with disabilities, under the theme ‘Encourage, Enable, Include Me’.

She also noted that ‘Children’s Safety’ is the focus of activities being organised by the Government to commemorate Labour Day on Thursday, May 23, and called for the protection of children on our roads.

“Statistics assert that over 120 children have died on our roads over the past five years, and another significant number suffer from life-changing injuries as a result of over 70,000 traffic accidents in our country within metres of school zones in the past 10 years, so the National Labour Day Programme is seeking to mobilise every Jamaican to spend at least a part of the day targeting road safety for our children,” the Senator said.

She noted that some activities would include the provision of signage and the installation of crosswalks, rumble strips, and bus lanes near schools.

Dr. Longmore called on all Jamaicans to wear something with the sunshine yellow colour this Friday (May 17), in observance of National Children’s Day.