UNiTE-UNICEF Meeting on ending child sexual abuse: Break the Silence Initiative event

Ms Khin-Sandi Lwin (Ms), Representative UNICEF Eastern Caribbean signs a personal pledge card (UNICEF, Sharon Carter-Burke)

Ms Khin-Sandi Lwin (Ms), Representative UNICEF Eastern Caribbean signs a personal pledge card (UNICEF, Sharon Carter-Burke)

BARBADOS–Minister of Family, Culture, Sports and Youth of Barbados, Hon. Stephen Lashley, and Ms. Christine Norton, UNICEF Representative in Belize, addressed  a Special Event on the Break the Silence Initiative, which was held on the evening of 20 November at the Hilton Barbados Resort.  The event was held as part of the ongoing UNiTE-UNICEF Meeting on ending child sexual abuse. The feature speaker was Ms. Karlyn Percil of Saint Lucia, a survivor of child sexual abuse, who implored participants to take individual responsibility for speaking out on child sexual abuse, in support of other survivors and as part of the effort to end this scourge.

Also at the Event, guests were invited to sign personal pledge cards to record their individual commitments to action on speaking out against child sexual abuse.

The UNICEF Break the Silence Initiative is a multi-pronged campaign to protect children against sexual abuse. It aims to break the stigma surrounding this issue and to encourage victims and their families to speak out and denounce sexual abuse. At the same time, it is also directed at policy-makers, health workers and police authorities to support them in creating the protection and treatment services needed to support and care for victims.

Information on Ms Percil is available at http://www.stlucianewsonline.com/st-lucian-victim-of-child-sexual-abuse-to-break-the-silence-in-barbados/

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  1. We need as many initiatives like this one as possible…there’s a culture that silently permits child abuse to persist. Breaking the Silence is an important first step towards changing these beliefs and behaviours