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Dr Koroivueta: 588 Child Abuse Cases Reported

Five hundred and eighty eight child abuse cases have been reported so far this year to the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation under the Child Welfare Decree. This
23 Nov 2014 10:27
Dr Koroivueta: 588 Child Abuse Cases Reported
Children at the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect blue ribbon campaign at Ratu Sukuna Park yesterday in Suva. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Five hundred and eighty eight child abuse cases have been reported so far this year to the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation under the Child Welfare Decree.

This was revealed by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Dr Josefa Koroivueta, while officiating at the closure of the blue ribbon campaign at Sukuna Park in Suva yesterday.

The campaign is on the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect [PCAN].

“This is alarming and therefore we cannot be complacent. Neither can we take a casual attitude to this scourge that is now plaguing our communities,” Dr Koroivueta said.

The decree ensures the protection and wellbeing of all children.

He said child abuse was preventable and if members of the community worked together it could be stopped.

“This must stop if we as a nation, as parents, as guardians and communities take up this fight to protect our children who will be leaders of tomorrow. It is our responsibility to ensure that our children are protected and cared for, all throughout the year and always,” he said.

“I cannot over-emphasise the importance of the home. I believe this is the first institution where our children should be loved and protected, therefore the onus is on us, parents and guardians, to create that environment whereby our children can feel safe and cared for.”

Dr Koroivueta also reassured the parents and children at the celebration that his ministry was committed to ensuring that every child was protected from violence, exploitation and abuse.

“We are their champions, their heroes and the times spent with them to guide and love them will have everlasting impacts on their lives.”

More than 100 adults and children marched from the Flea Market to Sukuna Park in Suva yesterday to mark the end of the campaign.

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