Child abuse is not a private matter, warns pastor

The safety and well being of this country’s children is not a private matter; therefore it cannot be restricted to the  home.

Addressing a special service held yesterday in observance of Child Month, the senior pastor of the Restoration Ministries Pastor David Durant also called for stronger child protection laws, saying while “I will be the first to agree that family privacy is important, the abuse of a child is not a private matter.

Pastor David Durant
Pastor David Durant

“Let’s break the silence. Every one of us can do something to reduce the incidence of child abuse in our community,” he said.

“I believe child protection systems need strengthening and changes in legislation and policies at a governmental level can assist in this fight as well as the promotion of positive social norms,” he added.

Durant, who is a Government Senator, also appealed to Barbadians to become activists for the cause of children.

“Let’s stop being spectators and sideline, armchair commentators. Let’s arise and break the silence and embark on a rigorous, well structured, and intelligently implemented campaign to save our nation’s children, one child at a time.”

He pointed out that children from all socio economic groups were victims of this “vicious cycle of brutality, selfishness, greed and neglect”.

“Even children with disabilities and those orphaned are not spared the insidious nefarious onslaught,” the Senator said.

“These acts of sexual abuse, exploitation and brutality, meted out to children are normally done by someone known to the child including parents, step parents, other family members, caretakers, teachers, employers and other children,” he pointed out, adding, “It’s a sad reality that only a small portion of these evil acts are reported and few if any, of the perpetrators are ever convicted.

“We are saying today these evil practices towards children must stop”.

Stressing the need for care for the young and defenceless, Durant made clear that his ideas were not influenced by last week’s tragic death of Shamar Weekes, but he noted the young man’s passing had affected the entire country.

In his address, Social Care Minister Steve Blackett also made reference to the tragedy, saying  it was ironic that Weekes had lost his life to apparent suicide, during Child Month and despite the presence of several agencies focused on the delivery of child care.

“As Minister with responsibility for child care, I am saddened that all these systems apparently, and I say apparently, failed for little Shamar Weekes, and my heart bleeds for him,” he told the congregation.

9 Responses to Child abuse is not a private matter, warns pastor

  1. Cynthia Blackman
    Cynthia Blackman May 19, 2015 at 8:13 am

    It is Sad May he rest in peace .. and let us as a Nation who HEAR /READ and SEE the signs speak out ..before the action and not after as we are doing now… Let us remember that being poor is not a CRIME and if we need help SEEK .. Most of us are good ACTORS so sometimes others might not see beyond the Acting… Having being promoted to Grand Parent I am aware it is not an Easy Task with all the competition out there ,,you have to be firm and let them know priorities , but if you need help PLEASE seek , ask,,,,, don’t be afraid

  2. jr smith May 19, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Is it that bajans are sitting back and waiting on persons calling themselves pastor to , show them how to look after and run they personal households.
    Why is it that every thing black people try to do is in the name of god.with out that they cant function, lots of people are leading miserable existence, because they are waiting on god. living in la,la, land.

  3. Lucinda Katrina McSinister
    Lucinda Katrina McSinister May 19, 2015 at 9:15 am

    How can a government see after our children? Its a community effort, not a state responsibility. On the one hand we are bashing the state and on the other we are inviting them into our personal lives.

  4. Lise Hansen
    Lise Hansen May 19, 2015 at 11:40 am

    of course it isn’t!!!!!

  5. Movement of Concerned Citizens
    Movement of Concerned Citizens May 19, 2015 at 11:57 am

    The Movement of Concerned Citizens is calling on a national campaign to #ENDviolence

  6. Alphonso Elijah
    Alphonso Elijah May 19, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    So pastor what are your plans for those other pastors who abuse Children?

  7. Shakimjale May 19, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    It appears that you Mr. jr Smith is the one living la la land. You not believing in God existence does not mean he doesn’t exist.

    So if the church of a a pastor in your opinion should have no say or advice to people on the running of their personal affairs, then what is your suggestive solution. Or are you just a side line commentator who just sits observes, only have negative comments to say and contented to live in in your own world.


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