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'That mother hates her daughter'

Published:Saturday | June 9, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Sheena Gayle, Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:"That mother hates her child and does not respect her daughter," is how child and family therapist, Dr Beverley Scott, describes allegations that a mother helped a man to rape her 15-year-old daughter.

An article published in The Sunday Gleaner on June 3 stated that a mother allegedly held her teenage daughter hostage so that she could be raped by a man. The unidentified mother is now facing two counts of aiding and abetting rape and two counts of cruelty to child after the matter was reported to officers from the police Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA).

"The mother, who helped to facilitate the rape of her child, does not have an emotional connection with her daughter and may have abused her in the past," Scott explained.

The 57-year-old man implicated in the matter has been arrested and charged following an investigation by CISOCA.

Left to bear burden

Scott, who is the executive director of the Family and Parenting Centre in Montego Bay, added that the abused teenager is now left to bear the burden of what has happened to her, and if an intervention does not occur soon, the situation can result in grave social problems for her girl.

"The child would be traumatised and wondering what she has done to deserve this. She could develop post-traumatic stress disorder if she does not receive counselling soon. It is really sad what has happened to this child. She needs to get counselling."

CISOCA has been clamping down on sexual offences against children as 34 arrests were made in the first 11 days of February. Some 45 people were arrested in March and 51 in April. The month of May recorded the highest number of arrests for charges of sexual abuse when 55 people were taken into custody.