PORT OF SPAIN — An 11-year-old girl was raped by her father and is now pregnant as a result.
This was revealed on Tuesday night by Margaret Sampson-Browne, head of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service Victim and Witness Support Unit.
Sampson-Browne also said child abuse, including sexual assault, in the Chaguanas area was on the rise, with the number of reports made this year already surpassing last year’s count.
Speaking at a Child Abuse Seminar at the Flaming Word Ministry, Chaguanas, Sampson-Browne said, “In 2011 there were 200 victims of child abuse in Chaguanas, and for this year there were already reports of 300 victims.”
Sampson-Browne said her unit was dealing with the case of an 11-year-old girl, who was raped by her father and is now pregnant with his child.
“The sexual organs of the child have not yet developed, but she is having a child,” said Sampson-Browne.
Ward of the state
She said investigations are continuing and arrangements are being made to remove the child from her home and make her a ward of the State while she will be receiving counselling and medical treatment.
She pleaded with parents attending the seminar to use every means possible to protect children from sexual abuse.
She said the biggest problem facing the child abuse unit is that the children are not leaving their homes, but are still becoming sex abuse victims.
“It is happening right in the home where they live. It is either the father, step-father or uncles who are sexually abusing the children and getting them pregnant,” she said.
“If a child is being abused, we cannot protect that child if it is taking place in the house in which they live. And now we have to deal with teachers who are abusing the children entrusted to them,” said Sampson-Browne.
On Monday, a primary school teacher appeared in the Chaguanas Magistrates’ Court, charged with the rape, indecent assault and grievous sexual assault of a 13-year-old pupil at the school where he taught.
Sampson-Browne said, “The unit is now faced with reports of ten-year-olds being abused, fondled and even made to perform oral sex. You parents have to play your part, because it is the community that must take care of its community.”
She said there are 18 officers attached to the unit. (Express)