Sun | Sep 24, 2017

We all bear blame for child abuse

Published:Tuesday | April 11, 2017 | 4:02 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Jamaica continues to be rocked with senseless violence and mayhem. I often feel like I am in a war zone.

This culture of violence has not escaped our children. They continue to be victims of the gun, and a recent Office of the Children's Registry report indicates in excess of 13,000 abuse cases on our children in a year. This is an indictment on every Jamaican.

We are collectively culpable in the destruction of these children, who never asked to be here. The parents primarily bear the blame, but each of us has a responsibility to God to care for them. By ignoring or refusing to report these acts of abuse, we are enabling the cycle of violence.

Just last week, one child brutally killed another. Tragically one life is lost and the other is set to endure a bitter and painful existence in the system. Jamaica, pull up! Starting today, each one save one.

Our children become hardened from abuse and they are dying not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually, giving rise to psychological damage.

Let us show them love, care for them, send them to Sunday/Sabbath school, and give them green spaces in which to play.

Let us also pray for the children of Syria, 27 of whom were killed by sarin gas, while the United Nations sits in contemplation.

ANDREA DUNK

andrea.d7774@gmail.com