The St Lucia Medical and Dental Association has launched an initiative aimed at protecting children from abuse in all its forms, be it verbal, physical or sexual.
“Protect Our Children” is done in collaboration with the Department of Health, Department Human Services, the Royal St Lucia Police Force, RISE Saint Lucia Inc. and other organisations. It will be a follow up to the “Good Touch/Bad Touch” programme which was launched in 2006 and aimed to sensitise children on the issue of inappropriate touching as well as equip medical practitioners, teachers and the public to recognise victims of abuse.
St Lucia is a signatory to the convention on the rights of the child, yet abuse of minors remain a pervasive issue, the negative implications of which be it short or long term are seldomly highlighted.
Protect our Children aims to ensure that citizens are made aware that preventing childhood abuse and trauma augurs well for a better society with less crime and drug abuse.