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Sexually abused teen in CDA care

Published:Tuesday | July 21, 2015 | 12:00 AM

The Child Development Agency (CDA) has moved to provide residential care for the 17-year-old girl who was sexually abused during a recent incident in Trelawny.

At the same time, Superintendent of Police Wilfred Campbell confirmed late yesterday that three young men have been taken into custody.

He said the police are pursuing other persons who featured in a video with graphic images of the teenager being sexually assaulted.

Yesterday, the CDA reported that it had taken immediate steps to facilitate care and protection, as well as the medical and psycho-social support, to aid the child's recovery.

The CDA is urging Jamaicans to cooperate fully with the police as they carry out their probe into the incident.

Children's Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison said efforts are also being made to sort out legal representation for the suspects who were nabbed at the weekend.

She said that to avoid any conflict of interest, her office would not be appearing in court for the accused children.

The CDA reported yesterday that Youth Minister Lisa Hanna is being kept up to date and is very active in the matter in an effort to protect the best interest of the child.

"I am outraged and deeply disturbed by this vicious attack against a child, and the posting of the act on social media," Hanna said.

"The CDA and our partners urge all well-thinking residents to take a stand to report all known or suspected cases of child abuse to the authorities and to isolate and expose abusers," the agency stated. "It is only through the cooperation of citizens that we will be able to arrest and eliminate the alarming trend of child abuse and violence against our children."

In the meantime, Superintendent Campbell said investigators are pushing for the Children's Court in the parish to be convened today to provide guidance on how the police should proceed with possible charges and detention of the accused children.