Sexual Abuse Cases on the Increase says Minister
Mrs. Gloria Shillingford, Minister For Social Services, Community Development & Gender Affairs has revealed that for the past few years, Dominica has seen an increase in child sexual abuse cases.
She made the statement during a recent Victim Support Training Graduation held on Tuesday May 7th 2014, where 45 individuals were trained to assist persons who have been victims of sexual abuse.
“We recorded an increase of 10% from 2011 to 2013, which was 68.2% in 2011 and 78.3% in 2013, which is certainly an increase for a small Island developing state as Dominica,” explained Shillingford.
The Minister said, some may argue the increase translates to more reported cases, however things need to look better for Dominica.
She also noted that gender based violence is showing no sign of a reduction, which is a sad reality we are forced to face on a daily basis.
She stressed that, if we do not collaboratively deal with this, we will risk losing a generation and we cannot afford that to happen.
“And that’s why the Welfare Division and the Bureau of Gender Affairs within my Ministry and by extension the Government, are working relentlessly to eradicate these horrendous ills in our society.”
Shillingford warned that this is not a fight for one or two Government agencies, but a national responsibility.
She went on to advise the participants of the programme to use their newly acquired skills to help the victims of sexual abuse and or gender based violence.
A strong message was sent to the perpetrators of all forms of violence and child abuse that they will be brought to justice.