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Sandiford-Garner calls for policy on child sexual violence

A senior Government official today called for a comprehensive national policy to deal with child sexual violence.

Parliamentary Secretary 
in the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner said such a policy should include a provision for a specialized treatment programme for both victims and perpetrators.

This specific element is especially critical if we are to end the cycle,” she insisted, while delivering an address at the official launch of the charity, I Am a Girl held at Heroes Square, Bridgetown this morning.

The activity coincided with the recognition of International Day of the Girl Child under the theme Empowering adolescent girls; ending the cycle of violence.

The parliamentary secretary opined that the country still has a long way to go before it could triumph over sexual violence despite a 2011 report by the Royal Commonwealth Society, which found that Barbados was one of the best places to grow up as a girl.

She said issues such as poverty, limited supervision, inadequate parenting skills, drugs and peer pressure continue to make girls susceptible to the scourge.

Sandiford-Garner further stated: “Barbados urgently requires a national process for the collection and collation of data from the multiple sources engaged in the fight against sexual violence against our children. The disaggregation of date collected will be of utmost importance in our efforts.”

In 2012, some 256 cases of child sexual abuse were reported to authorities.

3 Responses to Sandiford-Garner calls for policy on child sexual violence

  1. Annie Theclown
    Annie Theclown October 11, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Marilyn Rice-Bowen

  2. jr smith October 12, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Lady you are living in cloud cookoo land, have your family ever suffer , by the hands of these evil bastards, I have friends who has and my idea of dealing with this kind of vermin, just shoot them. our send them to a functioning facility like GITMO.

  3. jr smith October 12, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    The woman is living in cloud cookoo land, people committing this type of crime is evil, they just need hanging.


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