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Qiliho challenges society on child abuse

December 20, 2015 12:27 am

Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho has sounded warning bells for all parents and guardians to not sleep on duty when it comes to sexual abuse and neglect of children.

The Commissioner says the first line of protection lines solely on parents and relatives who are to ensure that children do not fall victim of such heinous acts.

He made these comments at the signing of the interagency guidelines on child abuse and neglect earlier this week.

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“Is our society accepting this behaviour or has chosen to look the other way or keep silent just because the perpetrator is a relative. Will we continue to accept the traditional bulubulu when a child is wronged and say he or she is still young and will not be affected? I challenged the community to join us and put a stop to these attacks on our children.”

The guidelines are collaboration between several Ministries whose hope is that from these protocols, effective prevention strategies will be implemented in the long term to stop child abuse.

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