Sunday, May 20, 2012
In the midst of the growing concern over the alarming rates of child abuse in Jamaica the United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF Representative in Jamaica, Robert Fuderich, has made an appeal for the region to "break the silence" surrounding child abuse.
Speaking at the Sub-regional meeting which is a follow-up to the UN study on Violence against Children, he revealed that an estimated six million children in Latin America and the Caribbean suffer severe abuse.
Eighty thousand children die each year from parental abuse.
He said children are subject to violence in all the places in which they should feel safe, in their schools, where they live, and in the very institutions designed to protect them.