Baby assist companies name on Belizeans to stamp out baby sexual abuse


Posted: Wed Aug 25, 2021 7:39 am CST.

From Aaron Humes: A joint press release from the Department of Human Development, Families and Indigenous Peoples, the Office of the Special Envoy for Family and Child Development and the National Committee for Family and Children (NCFC) recalls the hideous nature of child sexual abuse and the efforts of the Community necessary to exterminate it.

It comes after two reports of male and female minors, separated in San Pedro Town and Belize City, reporting sexual assault. The police have identified the two suspects and are pursuing them.

According to the agency trio, “Sexual abuse continues to be the second most frequently reported form of child abuse. Statistical data from the Department of Human Services shows a total of 220 reports of sexual abuse / assault from January to June 2021 and 366 reports in 2020. “

The trauma, they go on, does not end with the attack, however brief it is, as there is still ongoing physical, psychological, and emotional stress to deal with. The long-term effects on the child can lead them to exhibit a range of negative emotional and behavioral responses.

Citing the Convention on the Rights of the Child, authorities urge parents to speak to their children about the abuse, as studies have shown that such acts are often committed by someone they know. They also acknowledge that the added pressure caused by the pandemic has left some children vulnerable and that more must be done collectively to protect them.

In addition to the police, the Child Abuse Reporting Regulations make it clear that the Department of Human Services must also be informed of every case of child sexual abuse, although the police believe that none of the alleged perpetrators are related to their victim.


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