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More reports of child abuse


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More reports of child abuse
Senior Child Care Officer Roxanne Sanderson said there was an increase in reports of sexual and physical abuse cases. (Picture by Tre Greaves)

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There was an increase in the number of sexual abuse cases reported to the Child Care Board (CCB) in March.

In some situations, said senior child care officer Roxanne Sanderson, the minors were abused at the hands of a parent’s partner or by strangers.

“For the first quarter of the year, the sexual abuse cases increased as well as the physical abuse cases, so we are seeing more reported cases coming in because more persons are reporting. If we had six or eight cases of sexual abuse in February, we had about 16 cases reported in March, so they significantly went up,” she said.

Sanderson revealed those numbers to the Sunday Sun yesterday after the CCB concluded its Child Abuse Awareness And Prevention month of activities with a walk throughout Bridgetown.

The theme for April’s activities was Speak Up, Speak Out, Report Child Abuse. (TG)

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