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The Ministry of Health, Wellness, Human Services and Gender Relations through the Division of Human Services has embarked on a campaign to address the issue of child sexual abuse in St Lucia through the ‘Break the Silence Campaign’ 

The initiative which coincides with international day against child abuse was launched today at the Derek Walcott Square.

Speaking to the Director of Human Services in the Ministry of Health earlier today, Mrs Elizabeth Lewis explained that the department has recognized the severe consequences of silence on the part of victims and others who have knowledge of the abuse. She also noted that the Department of Gender Relations has recognized the prevalence with which cases of Child Sexual Abuse is reported. She says the department has taken a decision to be more proactive in mitigating these occurrences.

This initiative is a multi-pronged approach to protect children against abuse and the risk of HIV.  On one hand, it aims to reach victims and their families with a message to speak out and denounce, to break the stigma and shame that surrounds the issue of child sexual abuse as a first step to seek help. 

At the same time, the initiative is an advocacy platform directed at policy makers, health care and police authorities, to create the protection and treatment services needed to support and care for the victims
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