smhMother jailed for failing to report sexual abuse of her nine-year-old daugther
By CMC - Wednesday, June 27th, 2012.
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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Jun 27, CMC – A magistrate has jailed a 50-year-old mother to nine months in jail after she failed to report to the police that her nine-year-old daughter was being sexually abused in her home.
The incident occurred in 2003 and in passing sentence, Magistrate Alicia Chankar told the woman, whose name was not released, that “a mother serves as a protector.
“As parents we have a duty to care for a child, not only in the embryonic stage,” she said, adding “(The victim) purged herself of deep, dirty secrets of her childhood. She turned to her mother for solace and instead she was chastised emotionally and physically.
“There seems, in this household, to be a history of turning the other way and placing blame where blame is not warranted instead of listening, consoling and counselling the child … As a young woman, she has to learn to heal from within. Coming to court is the beginning for her to heal,” she said.
The unidentified girl, now 18 years old, took the stand during the trial at the San Fernando Fourth Court, south of here, and testified that she was beaten when she told her mother of the sexual abuse.
The mother of three was charged under Section 31 of the Sexual Offences Act that states “any person who is the parent or guardian of a minor, has the actual custody, charge or control of a minor, has the temporary custody, care, charge or control of a minor for a special purpose, as his attendant, employer or teacher or in any other capacity or is a medical practitioner or a registered nurse or midwife and has performed a medical examination in respect of a minor, and who has reasonable grounds for believing that a sexual offence has been committed … shall report the grounds for his belief to a police officer as soon as reasonably practicable”.
A person who fails to do so is liable to a TT$15,000 (US$2, 500) fine or to seven years in prison or to both fine and imprisonment.
At her first court appearance in October last year, the woman, a gardener, pleaded not guilty to the offence.
Magistrate Chankar called for help from the authorities for children who have to testify before the court.
“What we need, as in the United States, are advocates of the child. They need to be here to counsel the child when they come to court and face this whole settling. I do not think it is user-friendly,” she added
So, mother beat her...was it the father who did it? If not where WAS the father?
Side note, they really think child advocates in America getting much done to stop child abuse? By time they come on the scene damage already done. lol at them thinking America doing something better than them. I don't even come across articles of any child molesters getting jail time here...sex offender registry is the closest i see and that's for people out and about, and hardly anyone knows their state's registry weblink...