Everyday thousands of children are being sexually abused. You can stop the abuse of at least one child by simply praying. You can possibly stop the abuse of thousands of children by forwarding the link in First Time Visitor? by email, Twitter or Facebook to every Christian you know. Save a child or lots of children!!!! Do Something, please!

3:15 PM prayer in brief:
Pray for God to stop 1 child from being molested today.
Pray for God to stop 1 child molestation happening now.
Pray for God to rescue 1 child from sexual slavery.
Pray for God to save 1 girl from genital circumcision.
Pray for God to stop 1 girl from becoming a child-bride.
If you have the faith pray for 100 children rather than one.
Give Thanks. There is more to this prayer here

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Thursday, 2 October 2014

Improved Detection Prompts Spectacular Rise in Child Sex Abuse Toll in Jamaica

The notable increase in reports of child sexual abuse in Jamaica in recent years is due to an improvement in detection systems and the growing responsibility teachers feel to help student victims, an activist told Efe Thursday.
Jolie Logan is the president of Darkness to Light, which offered this week in Kingston an educational workshop for teachers, parents, government officials and the general public, an event sponsored by the Women's Leadership Initiative of Jamaica.

The number of reported cases of child sexual abuse soared from 121 in 2007 to 3,386 last year, according to statistics from the Office of Children's Registry.

Wow! Almost a 30 fold increase! I would be surprised if all of it were due to children being willing to come forward, although, I certainly hope most of it is. 

Unbelievable, 3265 children were living with sex abuse and not telling a soul. This is a good step. Thank God for Darkness to Light and Nuh Guh Deh for continuing the work. God help the children of Jamaica.

Girls were the victims in 59 percent of reported cases in 2013.

"If the reported statistics are alarming, one can only imagine how many children are out there who are suffering with their secret untold", Darkness to Light's Cindy McElhinney told Efe.

Logan acknowledged the work done by the Office of Children's Registry and the Government of Jamaica to improve detection systems, but recommended a comprehensive plan of action that includes tougher laws mandating protective and preventative measures.
"Research shows that children are more likely to disclose abuse to a teacher than any other group of adults. Teachers are critically important in the fight against child sexual abuse," she said.

On Oct. 11, the Jamaican organization Eve For Life will launch a nationwide awareness campaign against child sexual abuse under the name "Nuh Guh Deh," the Jamaican patois equivalent of "Don't go there."

The United Nations has proclaimed Oct. 11 the International Day of the Girl Child.