The story of Child Abuse in Jamaica is not new. From parishes to major cities and urban centres, children are being abused all over the island nation. The cases range from physical, sexual, emotional, parental neglect, trafficking, child labour, children in need of care and attention and children exhibiting behavioural problems. Advocacy for child abuse should be extended to all such forms of cases and should not be limited to a certain kind.
With cases of child abuse rising at an alarming rate, it is no more an issue that can be tackled solely by the government or with the assistance of few support groups. It is a call for the whole nation to unify and act as a committed force to wipe out this sinful practice. It doesn’t matter who we are, where we come from, whether he/she is our child or not, every incident should be reported and acted upon.