March Against Child Sexual Abuse
In recent months there has been an increase in the reports of child sexual abuse in Grenada. A member of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) is of the belief that this is not due to an increase of the crime in Grenada, but is because of an increase in the reporting of cases to the police.
In April of 2016, the Grenada National Coalition on the Rights of the Child (GNCRC) and the Grenada National Organisation for Women (GNOW) teamed up to hold a month of awareness under the theme ‘Child Rights and the Constitution’. They expressed concern over the feedback that was received from communities across Grenada on the issue.
Recently in the news, a victim of incest and child sexual abuse spoke about her experience. Her candid interview was aired on Grenada Broadcasting Network (GBN).
On Friday 27th May 2016, the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) held a march in the town of Victoria, St. Mark’s to raise awareness of the issue of child sexual abuse. Joining the RGPF on their march were St. Mark’s Youth Leaders, students and teachers from the Bonair Government School, and students and teachers from the St. Mark’s Secondary School. Also attending the march was St. Mark’s soca superstar ‘Brother B’.
The participants marched around the town of Victoria, with banners, drums and a P.A. System provided by Stunner Sound System. The words ‘Sexual abuse is everybody’s business. See it, report it. Today it’s me; tomorrow it could be you’ could be heard to the backdrop music of Queen Ifrica’s ‘Daddy Don’t Touch Me There’.
The event culminated at the Heroes Square on Diamond Street St. Mark’s where brief remarks were made by a member of the community and soca superstar ‘Brother B’. Students were allowed to read out the words on some of the placards they were carrying, which included ‘No Means No’ (sic). The curtains were brought down by a high ranking officer of the RGPF encouraging all to not be afraid to report instances of child sexual abuse to the police.