The Child Protection and Family Services Agency, CPFSA, has launched investigations into recent sexual abuse cases involving a 13-year-old girl and five year-old boy from St. Ann.
In a statement, the CPFSA says investigations commenced immediately concerning the teenage girl after receiving the report five days after the incident.
The child was taken to the hospital where she was treated and has since been referred for counseling intervention.
The family has also been referred for therapeutic sessions and parent training.
A team of first responders visited the community and conducted a risk assessment in an effort to provide targeted intervention in the child’s best interest.
The agency says the second sexual abuse report involving the five year old boy from Colgate, St. Ann by a 20 year-old man was received today and contact has been made with the family.
Arrangements have been made with the Child Guidance Clinic for urgent counseling intervention and for a team of first responders to conduct a home visit today.
State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Robert Nesta Morgan, says perpetrators should not feel comfortable when they commit violent acts against children.
He further calls for communities to be forceful in the care and protection of children by ensuring proper supervision of their whereabouts.
As part of the activities for Child Month, the CPFSA will be conducting community interventions which will include visits to assist the families and sensitize community members.