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Carmona disturbed by abuse statistics
President Anthony Carmona says he is disturbed by statistics from the Children’s Authority that there have been 13,000 acts of abuse against children in the last two years.
Speaking to scout’s at the San Fernando Boys’ RC School along Harris Promenade on the United Nation’s Universal Children’s Day, Carmona said it was important for adults to show love to children, as acts of violence can lead to bullying.
He said the statistics from Children’s Authority chairman Haniff Benjamin showed that the organisation had received 45,000 calls in those two years.
“We must always demonstrate and show love to our young children and that is why sometimes, you know we have concerns about people being bullies. But the bottom-line is that children are being bullied in their homes and when they bully someone on the outside, it is a cry for help,” Carmona said.
Over the past months, there have been several videos of school violence shared on social media, but Carmona said adults should know better. Rather than posting videos of violence, he said there was a need to “arrest” the problem. A former attorney and judge, Carmona said the most horrible crimes he prosecuted were along the East/West Corridor, Charlotteville and Scarborough where children were murdered and abused, and there was a deafening silence about what was taking place. He said through the Children’s authority, children now have a voice.
The told the scouts that in order to stem to flow of violence plaguing T&T, they should be nice to each other.
“You be the examples that adults follow because the adults in Trinidad and Tobago are not nice to each other as they should be. I want you all, for the rest of your lives if you are not already, from today be nice to each other.”
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