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Hear The Children’s Cry


“Something in the heart of most human beings simply cannot abide pain inflicted on the innocent, especially children. Even broken men serving in the worst correctional facilities will often first take out their rage on those who have caused suffering to children. Even in a world of relative morality, causing harm to a child is still considered absolutely wrong. Period.” – The Shack, by W.M Paul Young.

 This morning the Jamaica Observer published an article entitled “Horrific!“; in the piece, a graphic picture is painted of incidents involving the sexual abuse of Jamaica’s children. As I read the article, tears filled my eyes; I could find no justification whatsoever for the unbelievable sexual evils being done to our children by those they trust to protect and care for them.

The article alleges that a growing number of children, some as young as 18 months old, are being brought to the Bustamante Hospital for Children with devastating injuries caused by rape and abuse. It further alleges that many of these children are being treated for syphilis, gonorrhoea, herpes and HIV – which they contract from adults who sexually violate them. So devastating are some of these cases that a Dr. Sandra Knight, a general practitioner at the hospital, has decided to speak out against these incidents in hopes of raising awareness with a view to putting an end to these reprehensible and unbelievable acts of evil. Dr. Knight personally describes some of the cases she has dealt with. In one situation a 9 year old boy’s anus was so ruptured, that the doctor says you can literally look up into his anus to his rectum. Another situation is described in which an 18 month old baby boy had been so buggered by an uncle that his colon was ripped away and was causing faeces to find it’s way into his abdominal cavity. The child died two days later. These are just two of the many cases she describes. I urge you to read the article.

I wish to record my absolute disgust and alarm at this situation. We have to find a way of ensuring that our children are protected from those who would seek to harm them. Mothers who are in the habit of turning a blind eye to the plight of their children, or leasing their daughters to grown men in return for monetary compensation must be dealt with harshly under the law. Most of these mothers know the child is being abused and fear the wrath of the man and therefore decide to ignore it. That is shameful! How can a mother know in her heart that she has exposed her child to danger and opt to put money above her child’s safety and well being? What kind of parents are we producing?

What kind of man would want both the mother and her child to fulfil his sexual needs? That’s not a man, that’s a coward – intent on taking out his abhorrent perversion on those too weak to defend themselves against him. I believe the most severe of all evils we can commit is to rob a child, a trusting child, of his or her innocence. What happens to a child who has to suffer that kind of abuse? How can we reasonably expect that child to have an ordinary or healthy life as an adult? It will only reinforce a vicious cycle of abuse and rape in our society. Where is the humanity of these people? How can a grown male adult force himself into the anus or vagina of a baby and proceed to have sex with that child? I can only imagine the screaming and bleeding that occurs in a situation like that and I am sure someone has to clean up that child after – all that blood and trauma. It absolutely breaks my heart, I swear. It is the ultimate act of human depravity and wickedness. It angers me beyond belief.

I urge all mothers who know of this kind of abuse to put a stop to it. Stop allowing these men to cause you to be so dependent on them that you sacrifice the innocence, and in some cases the life, of your child. Leave the abusive situation, take your child with you. No matter how impossible or hopeless your life will seem without him, leave. Report the matter to the police, if you do not protect your child, who will? It is your job. You have a responsibility to that child and to yourself. No man or woman, no matter who they are; pastor, friend, uncle, brother, lover – is worth it, your child and his or her future should be your first priority. I beg you, report the incident to the police and the relevant authorities. If you are a neighbour or a teacher or a friend and you know of any such abuse, report it! You too have a responsibility to that child – we all do.

As for law enforcement, I believe there needs to be a registry of sex offenders in Jamaica – I understand the fear of vigilante justice, but if you don’t want to end up in that registry, leave our children alone! It’s that simple. We have to take a stand against these monsters, a stand that demonstrates how very serious we are as a society. I would also urge stricter penalties under the law for sexual offences against children. The Government of Jamaica should move to strengthen (if it exists) or create (if it doesn’t exist) a specialised unit of the police force to deal with the rape and abuse of children. Agencies such as the Child Development Agency should also be given the necessary funding to continue their work on behalf of our children. Groups such as Jamaicans for Justice should also add this to their list of issues. Children should feel safe and no one at all should be allowed to take their childhood from them in such a horrific and barbaric manner. I don’t even know what else to say. For those on Twitter, you can follow @HelpJaChildren and join the movement by some young Jamaicans to help bring awareness to this horrible scourge on our society.

“Life doesn’t count for much unless you’re willing to do your small part to leave our children – all of our children – a better world. Even if it’s difficult, even if the work seems great, even if we don’t get very far in our lifetime, we have to try.” – Barack Obama

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4 responses

  1. multi

    It was literally heartwrenching to read. it made me angry and sad & fearful that this could’ve very well been my own younger sibling or nephew.

    April 2, 2012 at 2:00 pm

  2. Floydie

    When i read that article in the paper, it literally brought tears to ma eyes. I was rendered speechless to see what is happening in our society and little is being done to even take action. We as a people need to speed out and stop living beneath the shadows. Its not all about “anuh my business or anuh my pitney”, its about saving a child, saving an innocent life

    April 5, 2012 at 5:50 pm

  3. Reblogged this on Jamaica LGBT Forum and commented:
    J-FLAG unequivocally condemns all forms of sexual abuse, including child sexual abuse, regardless of the sexual orientation of the perpetrator. We recognize the rights of children, as articulated in the Child Care and Protection Act 2004 and Convention on the Rights of the Child which includes the right to be free from sexual interference by adults. J-FLAG fully endorses ALL efforts of law enforcers to apprehend and bring perpetrators of child sexual abuse to justice.
    http://www.jflag.org/about/position-statements/child-sexual-abuse/

    April 16, 2012 at 4:24 pm

  4. J-FLAG unequivocally condemns all forms of sexual abuse, including child sexual abuse, regardless of the sexual orientation of the perpetrator. We recognize the rights of children, as articulated in the Child Care and Protection Act 2004 and Convention on the Rights of the Child which includes the right to be free from sexual interference by adults. J-FLAG fully endorses ALL efforts of law enforcers to apprehend and bring perpetrators of child sexual abuse to justice. Read more here http://www.jflag.org/about/position-statements/

    April 16, 2012 at 4:26 pm

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