Bookmark Jamaica-Gleaner.com
Go-Jamaica Gleaner Classifieds Discover Jamaica Youth Link Jamaica
Business Directory Go Shopping inns of jamaica Local Communities

Home
Lead Stories
News
Business
Sport
Commentary
Letters
Entertainment
Let's Talk Life
Mind &Spirit
International
The Star
E-Financial Gleaner
Overseas News
The Voice
Communities
Hospitality Jamaica
Google
Web
Jamaica- gleaner.com

Archives
1998 - Now (HTML)
1834 - Now (PDF)
Services
Find a Jamaican
Library
Live Radio
Weather
Subscriptions
News by E-mail
Newsletter
Print Subscriptions
Interactive
Chat
Dating & Love
Free Email
Guestbook
ScreenSavers
Submit a Letter
WebCam
Weekly Poll
About Us
Advertising
Gleaner Company
Contact Us
Other News
Stabroek News

Child abuse crisis
published: Saturday | July 8, 2006

THE EDITOR: Sir

"Child abuse, incest prevalent in Western Jamaica" screamed the front page headline of The Gleaner published January 21, 1987. Nineteen years later a front page headline appeared in The Gleaner 23/06/06 which read: "Child sex abuse rife."

Although the article under the first headline dealt with cases of incest and sexual abuse of children, particularly in the western part of Jamaica, these abuses occur throughout the island at a noticeable rate. The recent headline reflected a situation of crisis in Jamaica in terms of the abuse of children generally.

Sadly, there is precious little that can be done to change the sexual craving of mindless fathers and stepfathers, for example, who act out their urges and have carnal sexual knowledge of their own children. What can be done to suppress the sexual feelings of paedophiles who become most sexually excited when they relate sexually to children? Paedophiles are sexually dangerous persons.

A proposal was made recently which advocated a mandatory 25-year sentence of imprisonment for those found guilty of such sexual offences. But even such a stiff penalty will not totally prevent occurrence of the crime of sexually violating our nation's children.

However, let's hope that the severity of the proposed measure, if put in place will cause sexual abusers of minors to think twice or many more times before they commit their despicable acts of sexual savagery on innocent children.

I am, etc

SYLVESTER AYRE, JP

Sligoville P.O

St. Catherine.

More Letters



Print this Page

Letters to the Editor

Most Popular Stories





Copyright 1997-2006 Gleaner Company Ltd.
Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Letters to the Editor | Suggestions | Add our RSS feed
Home - Jamaica Gleaner