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Kiwanis condemns attack on teen

Published:Tuesday | August 4, 2015 | 8:00 AM

The Council of Past Lieutenant Governors of Kiwanis in Jamaica has denounced the alleged sexual assault of a teenage girl in Falmouth, Trelawny, and the subsequent posting of the video-recording on social media.

The organisation has called on all Jamaicans to come together to protect the nation's children.

In keeping with its mantra which is 'Serving the Children of the World', the Council of Past Lieutenant Governors of Kiwanis in Jamaica is encouraging all parents, guardians, caregivers and family members to closely supervise and communicate with their children, know their friends, and implement parental control over all electronic devices to which they have access.

The Kiwanis movement is further encouraging parents to continue to get involved and participate in forums on parenting, child abuse, child care and protection throughout the parishes of Jamaica, which are hosted by service organisations as well as governmental and non-governmental agencies.

Julaine Lumsden, chairman of the Council of Past Lieutenant Governors of Kiwanis Jamaica, reminds all well-thinking Jamaicans that, "it takes a village to raise a child and that we can do so successfully if we are more involved with our children's activities".

The Kiwanis movement in Jamaica has a number of student-led service leadership organisations islandwide, with membership of more than 3,000 children in Circle-K, Key Club, Builders Club and K-Kids at the tertiary, high, primary and basic-schools levels. It is through these vehicles that the organisation seeks to inculcate leadership, discipline, and altruism in schools and communities, to prepare young persons for useful citizenship.