Incest, child sexual abuse major problems in Region 9…Chairman says most cases are covered up by relatives

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The prevalence of incestuous relationships continues to be a major problem for authorities in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) and it most often results in a child being sexually molested/ abused.

Most of these cases are covered up by the families involved for a number of reasons despite the hard work that police and other authorities do to ensure that the perpetrators are caught and justice is served, says Chairman of that Region, Brian Allicock.

Region Nine Chairman, Brian Allicock
Region Nine Chairman, Brian Allicock

He told INews today, that during the past five to six months there have been four reports at the police station(s) about children being sexually abused and law enforcement officers have already made progress with these cases.

“These sexual abuse cases are actually before the Court now or about to be called in the Court so that shows that the police here are doing a good job…We have had only one report of teenage pregnancy for that period as well, and the relevant authorities are dealing with this situation as well…but the thing is that there are many more cases out there that should be reported but people are afraid, they are shy, they are not coming forward,” Allicock stated.

According to the Regional Chairman, although there are many sensitisation programmes/ initiatives in the various communities of his Region, a majority of persons who may have information about children being abused sexually are hesitant in making reports at the police station(s).

“You see, the parents, friends and relatives are covering these things up even though we know it is out there. They sometimes are so afraid and to have to go through explaining what happened to them or the children affects them mentally and emotionally, to repeat the ordeal and all of that…but we are trying to educate our people to let them know that they must not be afraid, that they should speak out,” he explained.

INews was told that one main reason why there are so many cases of child abuse (sexually) and incestuous relations in that Region is the fact that some men consume too much of alcohol on a regular basis.

“They drink too much of the alcohol and they are drunk and end up doing these things. In fact, it is not only female children being abused sexually but males too. Too much alcohol in their system and some of them commit these acts,” Allicock added.

 

2 COMMENTS

  1. This installed PNC crook is making all sort of statement but what pro-active action is he taking? It seems that the PNC regime is ONLY acting AFTER the crimes has been committed. What are these MINISTERS doing to PREVENT it from happening in the first place? The blame PPP but seems like the PPP was doing a better JOB that these crooks…then again this man last name says it ALL of what he truly is….the last 4-letters in his last name suggest to the public what he is…..

  2. Incest, child sexual abuse major problems in Region 9…Chairman says most cases are covered up by relatives
    DumDum tell the people something that they dont already know.
    Is only now yall discovering this?
    Yall were part of it when you had no power to talk but now yall get power yall talking ? It BS pure BS on your part since you knew about this your entire adult life.

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