Sexual abuse of minors in Jamaica: Understanding predator, prey, and citizenry

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There have been a few anecdotal accounts in the local newspapers and otherwise relatively small sample studies of the problem in Jamaica in recent years by groups such as Jamaicans for Justice, the United Nations and faculty at the University of the West Indies. Although the child sexual abuse literature is dominated by the lens of American scholarship and these paradigmatic explanations of abuse are an ill-fit for the child sexual abuse victimizations in Jamaica, there are some transferable or universal standards of dignity which Jamaica is yet to embrace in law, policy, and practice in the care and protection of its children. This paper presents a brief description of the Jamaican cultural context in terms of those who sexually abuse minors, the typical victims of that abuse, and suggestions for preventing the abuse. © 2007 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.

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