Due to the continuous trend of increasing cases of child sexual abuse in Dominica several Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) have joined forces to advocate for Dominica’s children and youth as The Dominica NGO Coalition for the Protection of Children and Youth.
The Coalition will officially launch its umbrella organisation on Wednesday June 11th at the Public Service Union Building.
The Dominica NGO Coalition envisions a Dominica where children and youth are free from all forms of violence and exploitation.
Its mission is to unite registered NGOs committed to the protection of Children & Youth in Dominica mainly through advocacy.
Arms of the umbrella organization will include:
• Champions for survivors
-to act as a portal for support services for survivors of violence
• Protectors of the Innocent
-beam the spotlight on issues of good and bad practice
• Seekers of Justice
-promote legislative reform and enforcement
• Raisers of awareness
-ensure the education of the public masses on issues of child protection
In March 2014, the Coalition called on policy makers to set the mandate that all public service employees and child care institutions / services sign and adhere to child protection and ethical behavior policies that hold them accountable to the most serious consequences as an essential condition of employment.
Over 490 child sexual abuse cases were reported in Dominica between 2009 and 2012. The predominant types of child sexual abuse in Dominica are incest; exploitative sexual acts between adult men and under-aged boys; with the predominant activities being unlawful carnal knowledge, touching and fondling, oral sex, anal sex and viewing of pornographic material.
Members of the Dominica NGO Coalition for the Protection of Children and Youth include the Dominica National Council of Women, the Caribbean Male Action Network (CARIMAN), ChildFund Caribbean, Lifeline Ministries, Dominica Planned Parenthood Association, The National Youth Council, AGANAR, Dominica Olympic Committee, West Dominica Children’s Federation, East Dominica Children’s Federation among a few others.
The launch begins at 10:00 am and Other registered NGOs are invited to join the conference launch and the Coalition.