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Fight to save our children from abuse

Published:Saturday | May 19, 2012 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Almost every day the media inform us of cases of sexual assault, especially against young girls in this country.

The most likely victims live in depressed communities and are the daughters of single mothers and, therefore, perceived as vulnerable.

When these girls are raped or molested, they often shrink into oblivion and subsequently demonstrate antisocial behaviour, which may take on varied manifestations. It is time for all of us to take a stand and put an end to these atrocities.

Commendation must be extended to Dr Sandra Knight, who recently brought certain realities to the fore, but we all know that they have been taking place for many years, and too often we sit silently by and do nothing because it does not affect us directly.

The police, media, singers, teachers, churches and all of us who want the best for our young people must see to it that the perpetrators of these heinous crimes are brought to justice and locked away for a long time. The same applies to the paedophiles who prey on our youngsters.

The lawyers who defend these people ought to be shunned by the rest of us, because they are aiding and abetting criminals. Carnal abuse, molestation and rape are not sex acts, they are crimes!

KAREN HENRY

Portmore, St Catherine