Activist welcomes proposed amendments to curb violence against children
Child rights advocate Betty-Ann Blaine is welcoming proposed amendments to laws aimed at curbing violence against children.
However, she says all efforts must now be made to strengthen enforcement.
Yesterday, minister with responsibility for information, Senator Sandrea Falconer, announced various changes that the government is hoping will send a signal to the society that violence against children will not be tolerated.
Blaine, who heads the Hear the Children’s Cry group, says perpetrators must know that if they commit a crime they will be caught and punished for their actions.
Parental neglect and failure to report children being exposed to sexual abuse are to be made offences.
And where an offence carries a sentence of 10 years or more the court will be empowered to impose an additional 10 years.
The amendments are to be made to the Child Care and Protection Act and the Criminal Justice Administration of Justice acts to facilitate the new penalties.