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Calls for increased penalties to deal with child abuse cases

Published:Friday | March 6, 2015 | 12:00 AM

ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC):

A senior official of the Child Abuse Prevention Unit is calling for tighter legislation to deal with child abuse as Dominica recorded more than 170 cases last year.

"We continue to face some challenges such as lack of adequate human resource and also technical resource, the need for the process of responding and investigating child abuse incidents to be more child friendly".

"There is also the need for the strengthening of applicable legislation to discourage and penalise perpetrators and persons who try to pervert the course of justice when child abuse incidents are reported and investigated," said Jemma Azille Lewis, the coordinator at the unit.

She told a media workshop here that a total of 170 cases of child abuse were reported here last year and that said sexual abuse dominated the number of child-abuse cases.

She told the 'Media as Advocates for Children' workshop that there are 135 cases of sexual abuse with a total of 130 girls affected.