A new club has been formed at the Convent High School and it will be tackling the issue of child abuse, which has been a matter of discussion in Dominica.
Members of the club, “We are United for Children,” say they are outraged by child abuse especially when young children are sexually abused by pedophiles, or when underage teens are exploited by older adults.”
They are also encouraging members of the public to report cases of child abuse to the authorities.
“We stand with survivors of child abuse and say ‘be strong, be courageous, do the right thing and report child abuse,'” members of the club said. “We are encouraging people to get help in reporting or information about support by calling 1-800-744-3629 (DNCW). However long ago it was, it still helps to talk.”
Members of the club are inviting members of the public to walk in solidarity with them on Saturday morning to raise awareness of child abuse and encourage reporting.
The walk, which is described as non-political and non-denominational, will begin at the Bay Front in Roseau at 8:00 am and end at the Gazebo in the Botanic Gardens where speeches will be delivered by the young people of the club.
Other speakers will include Tina Alexander from Lifeline Ministries, Tina Alfred, Dominica’s Queens Young Leader just back from Buckingham Palace and The Carnival Princess, Rayne Benjamin.
T-shirts are available for EC$15 from DNCW office at King George Vth street and will also be available on the Bayfront from 7.30am on Saturday.
The club is being supported by Josephine Dublin, Delia Cuffy-Weekes, Tina Alfred and Tina Alexander, the NGO Coalition for the Protection of Children and Youth and many corporate partners.
In 2015, a total of 189 cases of child abuse were reported—128 of which were sexual related matters. Seventy-three cases out of this 189, were children between the ages of 0 to 10.
Statistics from 2010 to 2015 show a total of 1,095 reported cases of child abuse in Dominica, with about 80 percent categorized as sex abuse.