Child Month Fact – 4.2 Per Cent Of Jamaica’s Child Population Abused

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In our first Child Month Fact post, we established that the number of children in Jamaica (those 18 years and under) is 934,000, or 33.34% of the total population. Based on this, today’s statistic means that 4.2% of the country’s child population is subjected to various forms of child abuse.

Many children who have been abused tend to exhibit mild to severe behavioural problems and mental health deficiencies. Today, The Gleaner reported that the Jimmy Cliff and Scotia foundations are hosting a dinner next Monday to raise funds to build a therapeutic centre to offer intervention for these children by 2016.