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.
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.