Get involved, save our children

 The welfare of our nation’s children is our collective responsibility and not solely that of the state. 

While the  authorities have started many support systems such as the Victim  Support Unit, the Children’s Authority, The Family Court, The Community Mediation Centre, Family Service Unit, Childline and most recently the Child Protection Task Force, its collective rationale will all be of little value if stakeholders, care givers and the community as a whole demonstrate numbness, turn a blind eye and act passively towards the horrendous and criminal problem of child sexual abuse.

The nation’s children are our future human capital. 

They will become our future leaders. Therefore it is our responsibility to nurture and give them what they are entitled to.

Too often we hear, “I do not want to get involved”, “What if I cause the family unit to break up”, “I have my own problems”.  

Let us be all informed by the Sexual Offences Act, Chapter (11) Section (28)—if a person is convicted of failing to report a sexual offence against a minor, he/she would be “liable on summary conviction to a fine of $15,000 or to imprisonment for ... seven (7) years or to both such fine and imprisonment.”

According to our PM who recently demonstrated her love for the nation’s children, “Be vigilant with your kids” and by extension with the nation’s children.

Mahadeo Sieunarine

via e-mail

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