NUPW wants more action to stamp out child abuse

The Gender Affairs Committee of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) today called on Government to do more stamp out child abuse.

” . . . structured reform must take place for the issue of child abuse in Barbados to be adequately addressed,” NUPW Gender Affairs chairwoman, Makala Beckles-Jordan said in a statement.

Citing statistics on child abuse cases in Barbados between 2002 and 2015, she said there were 7,807 cases of neglect, 3,250 cases of physical abuse, 2,847 cases of sexual abuse, 1,359 emotional abuse cases and 42 cases of abandonment.

While noting that sexual abuse material circulates easily across jurisdictions through different channels via the internet, Beckles-Jordan said local and global efforts to reduce the circulation of child porn are still insufficient.

“Only a fraction of the material is taken down, and they frequently reappear again. Once a picture has been posted, a child abuse image can remain available on the internet forever. But the problem does not stop there,” she said.

“Not enough child victims are identified. Not enough perpetrators are brought to justice. It’s also important to know that help exists for children and their families and friends.”

Earlier today the NUPW Gender Affairs Committee joined the Action For Justice Movement in a march to bring awareness to the issue of child abuse.

“By joining the Action For Justice Movement we the NUPW Gender Affairs Committee commit ourselves to pursue key policy targets and goals to combat these crimes against children in Barbados,” Beckles-Jordan said.

“To make this work, we all have to take ambitious actions on the home front. We pledge to work to identify more child victims and to help and protect them, but we cannot do this alone we need the help of the public, political and social entities across Barbados.

“It will be your advice and expertise that will be sought. It will be your dedication and commitment that will transform human will into actual deeds,” Beckles-Jordan added.

6 Responses to NUPW wants more action to stamp out child abuse

  1. Alex Alleyne May 6, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    Stop the Mothers from taking pay outs when the Men are caught with their young daughters.
    Stiff DODDS time for those beast that reap havoc on the Youth.

  2. Althea Butler May 7, 2017 at 6:05 am

    Often times the mothers themselves were abused and were” paid out” in monetary terms or other to keep quiet.

    Speaking from experience of my own abuse and that of my mother’s,she was forced to keep quiet for at least 8 yrs whilst her father threatened roof and shelter as rights of passage to plunder. her body.

    When her brother raped me around 15 months(according to her) I was branded a liar based on my telling her that I had fallen.When my brother raped me around age 9.I was told that it was what I wanted.

    Was my mother a bad mother or a monster?No.She was simply a product and victim of the society we live in.

  3. wondering May 7, 2017 at 7:19 am

    I would like to know where I can find all of this information. For example, does failing to provide a good breakfast for a child when a parent can constitute abuse?

  4. wondering May 7, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Does failing to provide a decent breakfast when you can afford it constitute child abuse?

  5. wondering May 7, 2017 at 8:16 am

    sometimes u have to ask questions this way when u are want to do the right thing. i will try to assist that child through other methods. thanks for nothing.

  6. jrsmith May 7, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Everything which is evil , wicked and criminal has now inbedded itself into our so call christian barbados societies…….this has happen because our black masses ( is living in denial ) parents seems to sell they souls for a dollar and allowing evil people of authority to behave as they choose , hiding themselves behind the parents ….
    When last in barbados we had a prosecution against anyone who has molested or abuse a child , these figures ….. 2002 -2015 overall shows there were (15 . 5 thousand ) case against our children almost 1.5 years ago and no one brought to justice this is disgustingly shameful ….
    All because who is who are all protected , my take you have rodents , you go to buy poison to get rid of the rodents and strangely enough , the rodents are the ones who make and sell the poison………………
    See the cases in the region , even another prosecution today in the Jamaican paper……………… These people wouldn’t have been prosecuted in barbados , no way thats how wicked bajans are…….talking about they are christian…….


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