Hanna wants more action against child abusers
YOUTH MINISTER Lisa Hanna is pushing for tougher penalties to be imposed on persons convicted of child abuse.
Speaking yesterday at a press conference on issues related to the protection and development of children at the ministry's Trafalgar Road offices in New Kingston, Hanna said she was in dialogue with the Ministry of Justice to review the penalties.
"The auditing of the various penalties have to be done because some are misdemeanours and others are not harsh enough and it is clear that there has to be some serious convictions as it relates to child abuse," she said.
The youth minister noted that there was a low conviction rate for persons who sexually abuse children in the parishes of St Thomas, St Mary and Westmoreland.
More than 2,000 cases of child abuse have been reported to the Office of the Children's Registry for March and April of this year.
- Nadisha Hunter