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PM says tougher sanctions for child abusers

Published:Thursday | April 5, 2012 | 12:52 PM

Livern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller is warning that her administration is contemplating tougher measures to protect children who are being sexually abused.

Simpson Miller's warning comes amidst reports of an increase in the number of children who are the victims of sexual abuse, in some cases by their parents or guardians.

Yesterday, the Office of the Children’s Registry said it received more than 7,000 reports of sexual abuse of children between 2007 and 2011.

Speaking at Jamaica House this morning, the Prime Minister said she has already had discussion with Justice Minister Mark Golding about strategies for tackling the problem.

She has declined to elaborate on those discussions, but insists that steps will be taken to hold parents and guardians responsible for the children in their care.

The Prime Minister is also warning that tough decisions will be taken to ensure that parents and guardians, who commit these acts do not escape punishment.

Simpson Miller has indicated she will not be receptive to any outcry about the tough decisions her administration must take to protect the nation's children.