Death of 5 month old baby
We are currently awaiting the results from an autopsy on the tiny baby whose cause of death has resulted in some concern. Hopefully the rumours of sexual assault are untrue but, while we wait for more information and confirmation, it reminds us how horrendous such acts are and alerts us to the need for strengthening of laws to protect our people, young and old from perpetrators who appear to have no regard or respect for human life and dignity. It also reminds us that, as parents, we are responsible for the protection of our children and that sometimes the person to whom we feel we can entrust the safety of our children, might just be the one who might molest or abuse our children. Molesters can be our friend, our neighbour, our family member. It is a sad reflection of our society that we can no longer trust many people at all. However, knowing this, we are therefore even more responsible for protecting the innocence of our children. Yes, the Government is responsible for ensuring that the laws of the land protect our children’s safety but, when all is said and done, the Government cannot watch our children 24 hours a day. That is OUR job!
There has been much outrage by many areas of he community on this latest incident but we have noticed that there have been many incidents involving older children, but children none-the-less, where there has not been the same intensity of outrage. We have to remember that any child who is molested or raped, has experienced trauma in his or her life and deserves our compassion and support. We cannot make noise for one incident and yet try to rationalize another. There is no rationality in the rape and abuse of children.
We will be updating you on proposed activities to honour the life of this latest victim but meanwhile there is a new group formed by a past Administrator of The Crisis Centre, Saraan Gibson, on Facebook and we encourage all those who are interested to join. The link is http://apps.facebook.com/causes/295992/62382007?m=646ae194
I also want to remind all our volunteers that the Crisis Centre also has a page on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=29820318950 Facebook is a wonderful platform for sharing both serious and light hearted thoughts and events. If you are not already a member, do consider joining.
When I have more information on any planned activities by the Crisis Centre to senstitize and educate the community on the horrible scourge of child abuse, particularly child sexual abuse, I will write more.
Just reminding you too that we have an excellent Forum, managed by Sue Fairclough which can be accessed from the home page of the website. Please have a look and give us some feedback. Sometimes we feel no-one looks at either the Blog or the Forum!