Speak up on abuse
The sexual abuse of children in Barbados continues to be a challenge for the authorities largely because of the under-reporting of such incidents.
And Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development Steve Blackett says it is time to break the silence on this issue so that adequate measures can be put in place to deal with it.
He was speaking at a workshop organised by the Child Care Board and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) entitled Let’s Break The Silence On Child Sexual Abuse, at Hilton Barbados yesterday.
Contending that child sexual abuse was largely a hidden phenomenon, Blackett said tackling this issue was further compromised by significant under-reporting, for a variety of reasons.