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  • State Minister for Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams, is imploring Jamaicans to report what they know about acts of violence and other abuses against children.
  • Mrs. Ffolkes Abrahams made the appeal, while addressing a human rights seminar for early childhood teachers today (April 27), the D.R. B. Grant Early Childhood Education Centre in Montego Bay, St. James.
  • Mrs. Ffolkes Abrahams said the Government has been taking steps to safeguard the rights of children, and Jamaica is a signatory to several human rights treaties, which provide for their protection.

State Minister for Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams, is imploring Jamaicans to report what they know about acts of violence and other abuses against children.

Mrs. Ffolkes Abrahams made the appeal, while addressing a human rights seminar for early childhood teachers today (April 27), the D.R. B. Grant Early Childhood Education Centre in Montego Bay, St. James.

Condemning recent incidents of violence against children, she said “it is deplorable what is happening. We are not treasuring our children the way we ought to treasure our children…they are our future. They are helpless, and yet still, we harm them.”

Mrs. Ffolkes Abrahams said persons, who know or suspect that a child is being abused, and do not make a report to the relevant authorities, are just as guilty of the crime.

“I know a lot of people perhaps know things are going on and are not talking up. You, too, are a part of it if you don’t speak up, because if you see something happening and you turn a blind eye, it means that you too have condoned or become a part of what is happening. We have to step out and protect our children, we cannot just sit by,” she contended.

Mrs. Ffolkes Abrahams said the Government has been taking steps to safeguard the rights of children, and Jamaica is a signatory to several human rights treaties, which provide for their protection.

“We have signed treaties, international treaties on the rights of the child and on the rights of women, so the rapes and all of these things, sexual abuse of both girls and boys is not acceptable by any means, and should be punished to the full extent of the law,” she said.

The State Minister also urged Jamaicans to take steps to know their rights under the law and ensure that these rights are not being breached.