Child abuse continues to be a major issue in Dominica and Coordinator of the Child Abuse Prevention Unit, Jemma Azille-Lewis, has said statistics show that over 1,200 children have been abused on the island between 2010 and 2016.
Out of that 900 of these cases were sexually related.
Azille-Lewis spoke at the opening ceremony of a one-day training with Barbers/men in the area of Child Protection and Domestic Violence at the Fort Young Hotel on Monday.
The workshop is being held in collaboration with the Bureau of Gender Affairs and Caribbean Male Action Network (CariMAN).
“When you look at what is happening in Dominica, we do have an issue. When you look at the years 2010 to 2016 and you look at the children who have been abused; we have over 1,200 children who have been abused during that time,’ she revealed, adding that over 900 were sexually related.
“We have an issue and it is something that we need to tackle,” she said.
In February 2016, Azille-Lewis reported that statistics show that 128 children were sexually abused in Dominica in 2015.
And based on the statistics, she said babies are also being abused on the island.