Save our girls

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE EDITOR, Sir: THE SIT­U­A­TIONS in which our Ja­maican girls find them­selves, on many oc­ca­sions, leave me to won­der how we have failed them.

One night, I was in­formed of an abu­sive sit­u­a­tion in which a young girl I know had found her­self. Des­per­ately try­ing to get ad­vice on how to help this young woman, I tried to reach the Women’s Cri­sis Cen­tre on its 24-hour hot­line. What I heard was not a com­fort­ing mes­sage that pro­vided help or in­for­ma­tion on fur­ther as­sis­tance, but sim­ply a voice mes­sage that noted that I had reached the cri­sis cen­tre – and so ended the mes­sage.

What could have happened in the time it takes us to re­spond to these sit­u­a­tions? How many more of our girls must be found dumped and rot­ting in bushes like stray an­i­mals?

Let’s reach out to these girls and women who will one day have fam­i­lies of their own, if they sur­vive. TAMRY tamry@cw­ja­

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