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Children silent on abuse by parents

Published:Monday | May 11, 2015 | 5:00 AMCorey Robinson

Abused children in some of Jamaica's most volatile communities cover up for their parents despite being harmed by the ones charged with protecting them from harm.

Youth and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna said, during a Gleaner Editors' Forum held last Friday at the company's Kingston headquarters, that this was one of the hindrances to parents being held accountable for abusing their children.

Hanna added that it also poses challenges for police probing child abuse cases.

"Parents have been charged, but, what typically happens, as psychologists will say, is because of the amount of guilt the child has ... . Once you charge the parent and you remove the child, when they (Child Development Agency) come back to talk to the child, the story changes as they typically don't want to see their parents incarcerated," Hanna explained.

"A lot of Jamaicans are not connected with the truth about what is happening with those who are most vulnerable. There is an underbelly and very dark reality that many of them are facing," continued Hanna.