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PNPYO condemns attack on child

Published:Monday | July 27, 2015 | 7:00 AMRichard Morais
Andrae Blair, president of the People's National Party Youth Organisation.

ZION, Trelawny:

President of the PNP Youth Organisation (PNPYO) Andrae Blair has condemned the sexual abuse of a minor during a tour of the community of Zion in Trelawny last Thursday.

The attack on the child was videotaped and has since gone viral.

Blair said, "We want to make a national call to communities and Jamaicans all across Jamaica that whenever it is that is happening, we have a responsibility as law-abiding, well-thinking Jamaicans to report it, and we have to stand up because it is about time we say enough is enough."

He added: "We know that the Government recently passed legislation where there are going to be speedier trials for issues of this nature where we have abuse against children ... . We want justice to be swift, to be precise, and to be sure."

His walk was supported by Mayor of Falmouth, councillor Garth Wilkinson, and councillor for the community, Phillip Service, and other PNPYO members.

Blair, who along with his members wore T-shirts with a very graphic design, said the abuse of children cannot be partisan politics, it has to be a national effort.

The video, which surfaced recently, shows a child being raped by a number of males, including some juveniles, and has drawn widespread condemnation. It is believed that 10 men were in the group when the act was committed, and seven have so far been arrested.

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