The Childcare and Protection Agency (CPA) held the “Breaking Silence Rally on Child Sexual Abuse” rally at Anna Regina Tarmac on September 27, 2017. The rally was held to raise awareness in the Region of the scourge of child sexual abuse and the need for all stakeholders to collaborate to protect children.
The Minister of Social Protection, the Hon. Amna Ally, Director of the CPA Mrs. Anne Greene and several Regional Officials gave remarks at the Rally. Minister Ally urged all stakeholders- law enforcement, non governmental organizations, the faith based communities, etc- to work together to protect children from abuse. The Minister stated the government’s willingness to partner with parents to create a safe environment for children. Residents were urged to report any child abuse case to the relevant authorities. Minister Ally noted that in Region Two, three out of every 1,000 children experience abuse. However, the Minister believes that the Region can do much better.
Mrs. Anne Greene, Director of the CPA, noted that Region Two has the second highest rate of child sexual abuse in Guyana. Recent statistics reveal that there are over 500 reported cases of child sexual abuse cases for 2017 (as at September, 2017). The half year report for 2017 stated that there are over 400 reported cases of child sexual abuse. Mrs. Greene noted that one reported case of abuse is one too many.
Regional Officials of Region Two were happy that the Ministry of Social Protection through the CPA chose Region Two to bring awareness to child sexual abuse. Every one noted that many cases of child sexual abuse goes unreported and much more needs to be done by everyone to ensure that children are protected.
There were also several presentations – poetry, drama and dance- done by children highlighting the issue of child sexual abuse.