With a total of 379 child abuse cases reported in both the northern and southern police divisions last year, the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) is appealing to persons who are being abused or know of individuals who are being abused to report it.
The RSLPF made the appeal following a march against child abuse in Micoud on Sunday, April 7, 2013.
According to a press release, the Vulnerable’s Persons Team in the Southern Division, whose jurisdiction covers Richfond to Soufriere, investigated a total of 161 reports of abuse in 2012, while 218 cases were reported in the Northern Division, which covers Bexon to Canaries.
“The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force is very active when it comes to dealing with cases of abuse. The Police Department would like to make an appeal to persons who are being abused or know of individuals who are being abused to report these matters to the police,” the police said in he release.
The Vulnerable’s Persons Team, which operates in both the northern and southern part of the island and established in 2007 deals primarily with abuse. This includes domestic violence, both male and female; sexual offences, and offences against minors (wounding etc).
Victims can call the Vulnerable Persons Unit at telephone numbers 456-4050/1/2/3/4 for the Northern Division and 456-3908/7 for the Southern Division.
On Sunday, Micoud was a sea of blue as hundreds of adults and kids marched through the community carrying colorful placards conveying messages to child abusers.
“Officers attached to the Micoud Police Station, and by extension the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force, saw it fitting to partner with Educational Districts 5 and 6 and other social partners to address the issue of abuse,” the release stated.