More concerns raised over child abuse in Dominica

Wallace said the issue of child abuse must be addressed now
Wallace said the issue of child abuse must be addressed now

Assistant Chief Welfare Officer Oliver Wallace has raised concerns over the statistics of child sexual abuse in Dominica.

Wallace, who is also a pastor, said at a rally against child abuse at the Peebles Park on Saturday, it is a matter that must be addressed now.

“You look at our youngsters today in the juvenile court in any given year, there are approximately 295 cases being brought before the juvenile court …” he said. “Our young boys, teenagers, young girls, primarily between ages of 14 and under 18, are grossly affected physiologically, mentally because of gross abuse that have taken place.. We need to do something to help alleviate the problems. There is something that you can do, there is something that I can do.”

Pastor Wallace said the nation must be mindful of the increasing number of child abuse.

He said between 2010 and 2015, there were over 900 cases of child abuse recorded in Dominica, with 80 percent falling under the category of child sex abuse.

He indicated that research has shown very clearly that one of the leading causes of adult mental illness is the result of child sexual abuse.

“It means that we are going down a road that we need to be mindful of if that is what we are going to inherit if that is going to be our heritage down the line…we need to stand up,” he said. “We need to address the issue right now.”

Pastor of the Trinity Baptist Church (TBC) Randy Rodney said the church must rise and be cool but “deadly” against child abuse.

“The world must know that we ain’t taking crap…they must know that we stand where we stand and we ain’t moving,” he remarked.

According to him the church must be a voice for the voiceless.

“A girl and a boy that is 16 years and less is a voiceless person…the law says they cannot make a decision for themselves,” Rodney remarked.

Rodney said the church must be like Moses in Egypt.

“The church must represent God in the presence of the local government,” he explained. “The church must give the government direction…the church must represent God in the land.”

Pastor Rodney said the church must be like Moses in Egypt
Pastor Rodney said the church must be like Moses in Egypt


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  1. Eyes wide open
    April 19, 2016

    Look what Dominica does to people who harm children…. I have always said, wanna get away with murder? Then come to Dominica…..

    • Face the Facts
      April 19, 2016

      It is not always so. There is a reason. Probably had a good lawyer. There are times they get a stiff penalty.

    • Face the Facts
      April 19, 2016

      This is old news. You can blame the former DPP for that. He was instrumental in secretly sending her to Canada to her family while she was out on bail in D/ca..
      Have you accessed this information on DNO archives? You should.
      Her freedom will not last forever. Some Toronto authorities are aware of her. It is only a matter of time and something will happen which will expose her.

  2. smdh
    April 19, 2016

    Pastors need to look at themselves also. Over the years even here in Dominica too a few have been involved in scandals with their “flock”. When you sell God as a means of income and improving social status then other unsavory acts should not surprise any of you. instead the wool is pullover your eyes and you think after Jesus is some of these same “men of the cloth”. Not saying that Rodney and Wallace are perpetrators, im just saying to be careful of these men; and women.

  3. Face the Facts
    April 18, 2016

    How much have these rallies and talk helped throughout the years? There are times too much talking does no good. Action is necessary.
    You must first reach out to parents of especially those abused children. Then counsel/educate them all. This is where the situation commences.
    Parents must take care of their underage children. They are the primary educators and protectors.
    You must also find out how these children happened to be abused. In other words, get down to the root of it. Only then can you help the children and/or these children be helped and this scourge be eradicated from Dominica..
    If the abuser is a minor, speak to the parent(s) as well. Everyone as also Social Services must be involved; not only the government, churches and the Court.

  4. truth
    April 18, 2016

    brethren , way to go ,id rather have jesus ,than silver and gold,he said ,you shall be persecuted for my name sake, but he told jeremiah ,, go and speak , men will aught against you but they will not overcome ,because i the lord will be with you,and will protect you ,, you cannot fight god and win,,we need a new logo for faithful belivers to carry, saying , i must speak , because we lead and the world have to follow, be not afraid children of god ,for the word says, except the lord build a house, they labour in vain that build it

  5. April 18, 2016

    To Assistant Chief Welfare Officer Oliver Wallace:

    Thank you for your intelligent and informed presentation.

    I am a Canadian and I can tell you a significant number of Canadians have visited – and continue to visit – the lovely island of Dominica, and many of them with their children.

    A man in your positions as a Welfare Officer and a Minister of the Gospel is well placed to speak to your government and to the people of Dominica. Thank you for doing so. I hope this will not be the last contribution you make.

    Every statement you have made is absolutely true and should be heard loud and clear.

    Yes, the church and its ministers have the right and the responsibility to speak to the government just as Moses had the right to speak to Pharaoh.

    For centuries the church has spoken to kings, empires, presidents, and prime ministers, admonishing them regarding how God’s commandments apply to their moral issues, and those of their people.

    Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill…

  6. Caretaker
    April 18, 2016

    Cruelty/and child abuse. some parents treat their children so badly that they are afraid to tell them anything. You must put yourself in such a manner that the children may talk to you about anything and everything. Don’t flog your child with rage, and anger, not so hard as to make them cry. show them love and affection, make them feel good about themselves, tell them they are special. Most importantly make time for them. My concern is those who went through it before and trying to forget it and move on, now the aggrieve and bad memories coming back to them. Is it possible to deal with these things privately and not on news online

  7. love I
    April 18, 2016

    More Action…More Action…and llc schools have to come out…walk the streets…have talks in the schools…and all of the young people are afraid because their abusers are close to home…good work Pastors…

  8. Music Producer
    April 18, 2016

    “The church must represent God in the presence of the local government,” he explained. “The church must give the government direction…the church must represent God in the land.” Good luck pardner :mrgreen: Nous finis papa, if the church has to lead the way

    • April 19, 2016

      The reason you resent the church is because you know the church represents God and speaks for God.

      The human heart is rebelling against God. The fallen, broken, depraved nature we inherited from Adam resents that there is a creator who has given us laws to live by and dictates our behavior.

      This is why the Lord Jesus said “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3)

      By believing that Christ died for our sins according to Romans 6:6-8, and receiving him as our personal Savior according to John 1:11,12 we are born again – born into the family of God with a new nature.

      The Bible says “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are past away; behold all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

      • April 20, 2016

        :oops: Sorry.

        Paragraph four – that should be Romans 5:6-8 NOT 6:6-8.

        Sincerely, Rev. Don Hill.

    • April 19, 2016

      The church has outlived the “great Roman Empire” which initially tried to destroy it :!:

      After 2,000 years the church is still telling kings, emperors, presidents, and prime ministers what God requires of them and what His laws dictate for their behavior.

      Kings and queens have their spiritual advisors which are usually their own ministers or national bishops. American presidents have asked well known pastors and evangelists in the States for counselling.

      Not all rulers and nations have always accepted godly guidance. We have seen men fall from high places, and nations that had no place for God go into decline.

      “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach unto any people” – THE BIBLE.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

  9. Music Producer
    April 18, 2016

    “A girl and a boy that is 16 years and less is a voiceless person…” You really can’t be 16 and less at the same time 8-O

    • Neutral Party
      April 19, 2016

      He means less than 16 years old…16 years and under basically..

  10. Noreen
    April 18, 2016

    I think every man should watch the movieWOMAN
    THOU ART LOOSED. to see the devastation that
    sex abuse does to a child.

    • Face the Facts
      April 18, 2016

      This abuse commences with adults. Women were emotionally, physically and sexually abused and still do. This is done by adult men. A Law against it should be instituted in Dominica.

      • April 20, 2016

        If there are not already laws that forbid this abuse they should certainly be introduced.

        Lack of respect and care for women and children come for the same root. They are found together, and should both be addressed.

        The same could be said about seniors but I will let somebody else address that.

        How we respond to the needs and wellbeing of the vulnerable says something about where we are as a society.

        Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. (Pastoral Counselor Certificate)

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