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January 13, 2014
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SDC hosts parenting session in St Thomas
Jolyn Bryan, Star Writer

In response to the rise in sexual offences in St Thomas last year, the Social Development Commission coordinated a community parenting and sexual-abuse session at the square in the Georgia community recently.

The meeting was held in an effort to sensitise the residents about the issues surrounding sexual assault and abuse.

Representatives from the Child Development Agency and the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse office in Morant Bay made presentations to the residents on proper parenting skills and identifying and reporting sexual abuse.

Community members were also given the opportunity to interact with the presenters and ask questions. This session was part of an ongoing effort by agencies in St Thomas to combat the increase in sexual offences.

Superintendent Merrick Watson of the St Thomas Police Division confirmed in November last year that up to that time there were eight more rapes reported in the parish than 2012.

Superintendent Watson also pointed out that the police have been maintaining a strong presence in the parish, especially in areas that have had an upsurge in crime.

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