Collective energies in child protection
THE senseless killing of innocent children indicates that the message of zero tolerance for these heinous acts has not been reaching the right eyes.
A change in the nation’s attitude in this regard has to start at the community level. More times than not children are often abused and killed by people they know.
There has to be a change towards a more proactive approach of child care and protection by the entire community.
Mobilising the community towards an attitude of collective care and responsibility is also important. In the close-knit environment of our communities, someone knows when and how a crime against a child has been perpetrated. Empowering these individuals to speak out about what they know will be critical in our efforts to stem the wave of violence against our children.
This is one area of the crime situation in South Africa that we have to pull our collective energies together to collaborate.
The state of numbness we have reached wherein we dismiss child murders as just another horrible news item is a very worrying one that we must shake ourselves out of. The escalating cruelty against the nation’s children should not only move us to tears, but also to action.
NILOFAR DAWOOD Sherwood