Protect the Children

Protect the Children

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This petition seeks to provide essential and legally mandated protection to all children in Barbados per their constitutional and human rights. Please refer to the "UPDATES" section of this petition for facts and receipts as well as personal stories. 

Child abuse in all forms is engrained as a normal part of life and relationships in Barbados, from the homes to the schools, in the mainstream culture, environment and is NORMALIZED in society under the colonial cloak of "punishment". Incest and child rape is referred to by locals who survived as a practice that is so acceptable that it seems like a "RITES OF PASSAGE". Heartbreaking.

THERE IS NO LEGAL MANDATE TO REPORT CHILD ABUSE in Barbados.

Why is this important?

Imagine for a second what this means. Imagine how the children are living. Imagine the violence of silence. Imagine the oppression, the injustice. Imagine the trauma, intergenerational. Imagine the potential of so many tainted as they are presented with more obstacles to overcome than those living in non-abusive environments. Imagine their studies disrupted. Imagine their goals distorted. Imagine their bodies bruised, broken, violated... and in many cases murdered. 

Imagine growing up looking all around you, everywhere as far as your experiences reach, no one around you is OBLIGATED to protect you. Imagine the helplessness. Bitterness. Anger. Fear. Loneliness. Despair. Betrayal. Imagine the rage. Imagine revenge. Imagine THE HATE given to these children and what it will grow into.

And then sign this petition.

LET'S BECOME MANDATED REPORTERS AND SAVE A CHILD'S LIFE. 

 

NOTE:

The Government of Barbados has child abuse reporting proposals on the table. Your signature is a demand for the delays to end. We want justice for all past and present cases of child abuse that were unreported and protection to ensure those who abuse children will be deterred by the eyes and ears of citizens who will be treated as mandated reporters.

 

Deadline: December 31, 2020.

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