Minister's Statement on Measures Against Child Abuse
Published 28th May 2015, 5:21pm
The issue of child abuse, especially sexual abuse, is a real concern. According to the “ Report on the Adolescent Health and Sexuality Survey, Cayman Islands 2013” conducted by the Pan American Health Organisation and the World Health Organisation, the incidence of sexual activity and abuse of our children highlighted is very real and very disturbing. The effects of child sexual abuse include behavioral, cognitive and psychological effects. Substance abuse, eating disorders, low self-esteem and suicidal thoughts and self-harm actions can occur as a result of child sexual abuse. Addressing these serious health issues will require a multi-pronged approach involving many Ministries, government departments/agencies and the wider society as a whole.
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