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Only weak men prey on children

Published:Saturday | March 14, 2015 | 3:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

My letter is a response to the article titled 'St Thomas residents adamant that 14-year-old Kayalicia Simpson was lured to her death by an intimate friend', published in The Gleaner on March 8, 2015.

The acts of abuse against children have always been cause for concern. However, the frequency and intensity of the attacks have escalated in recent times, as we witness the cruelty meted out to the nation's children without an ounce of remorse.

It's almost as if these attacks have been normalised, judging from the nonchalant attitude exhibited by those who are privy to these acts before they are committed, whether by observation or intuition.

Children have become sexual prey, devoured in exchange for pleasure and monetary gains. I find this thought quite repulsive, because it reflects the moral abyss we've fallen into as a society. Children are being sexually exploited by men whom God has esteemed with the responsibility to lead, love and protect.

The image of the society

riddled with rape victims,

mutilated bodies of children, victims of sex trafficking, is a reflection on how the hearts and minds of humans lack any

semblance of moral uprightness. It is disheartening to know that, as a people, we have sunken to such a nadir.

I suggest that parents demonstrate greater accountability with their children so as to facilitate confidentiality concerning oppressive situations as these. A great parent-child relationship is a catalyst for radically transforming the society, because it creates room for candid expression that could help to break the silence of abuse.

I also urge the mothers to value the lives of their children in such a way that their bodies are not exploited for monetary gain, but rather to epitomise the character of love and care.

Additionally, I urge all citizens to evince a level of care and concern that goes beyond your own child, but extends to those of others.

Lastly, I appeal to these men to quit robbing the young girls of their innocence. Only weak men hurt children. You are called by God to provide and protect. Your strength is needed to develop Jamaica. Return to your role. Jamaica needs you.

SHANIQUE SHAND

The Love March Movement

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