Child Sexual Abuse In Jamaica


Jamaica has had a problem with child sexual abuse for a long time, but it is now gradually coming out in the open.

Unfortunately even when Police take action, parents of abused children refuse to assist the Police.  “The explanation he [one father]  gave was that he was not going to help us because all he know it was just a simple little touch,” Superintendent Oberlin Smith-Whyte told Loop News. [5]

A music teacher Traig Taylor has recently been convicted on a charge of carnal abuse and sentenced to four years. He was founder and leader of the popular gospel group Traig Taylor & Kazak Ministry, producer of the childrens choir as well as a music teacher at a preparatory school. He was reported to the Centre for Investigation and Child Abuse (CISOCA) [7]

Hopefully this will encourage other victims and survivors to come forward.

The following video is about child sexual abuse in Jamaica [4a]


Julie Marie Mansfield talks about child sexual abuse on Rastafari TV [6]


Julie Marie Mansfield @givemedignity has been a longstanding campaigner against child sexual abuse and there is much of her work on the internet eg Julie Marie Mansfield Helps Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse Reclaim Their Power  [8] as well as her book Maybe God was Busy [9]

We do need to build an international network to defeat the organised child sexual abuse.

Birds and Bees by Shirley

In school today
the teacher say
bout the birds and bees
in fact she say
they make love and baby
a wife bird
does it wid a husband bird
and a wife bee
does it wid a husband bee
but dat can’t be right
because I see
Daddy do it wid Mummy
and Daddy do it wid me

The poem was written by Shirley Cooper who was born in St Kitts.It  is on the back cover of book, A Survivor Myself [1] [19]. She who also wrote Ssh Ssh Baby, one short story in the book. She is now an inspirational figure in Birmingham, England.

Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. These links are generally UK based.

  • The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers.
  • National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups.
  • Other useful sites are One in Four [C]
  • and Havoca [D].
  • Useful post on Triggers [E]  from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog.
  • Jim Hoppers pages on Mindfulness [G]  and Meditation [H] may be useful.
  • Hwaairfan blog An Indigenous Australian Approach to Healing Trauma  [J]
  • Survivors UK for victims and survivors of male rape or the sexual abuse of men [K]
  • Voicing CSA group [L] helps arrange survivors meetings in your area


[1] Cathy Fox Blog Books on Child Abuse    [19] A Survivor Myself. Experiences of Child Abuse. Edited by Pauline Kirk. 1994 Yorkshire Art Circus ISBN 1-898311-02-1

Yorkshire Art Circus was a charity No.1007443 whose motto was “Everyone has a story to tell. We find ways of helping them tell it.”

Pauline Kirk skillfully puts together ten varied short stories of child abuse either written by the people themselves or recalled to Pauline who then wrote them up for amendment and approval. A moving compilation with foreword by Jane M Wynn Consultant Community Paediatrician, St James University Hospital, Leeds.

The Poem Birds and Bees is on the back cover. It is written by Shirley Cooper who was born in St Kitts who also write Ssh Ssh Baby in the book. She is now an inspirational figure in Birmingham England.

[2] Facebook search Sex abuse and Jamaica

[3] Child Abuse in West Indies and Jamaica facebook page

[4] 2015 Sept Al Jazeera Jamaica’s Silent Children

[4a] You tube Al Jazeera Jamaica’s Silent Children

[5] 2016 April 4 Loop Jamaica ‘Just a simple touch’: Portland cops concerned about child sex abuse, attitudes toward cases

[6] Rastafari TV

[6a] Rastafari TV Julie  Marie Mansfield talking about her story of child sexual abuse

[7] 2006 Jun 9 Loop News now St Ann music teacher sentenced on sex abuse charge St Ann music teacher, who is also a popular gospel figure in the parish, has been sentenced to four years’ imprisonment for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

[8] Black America Web Activist & Author Julie Marie Mansfield Helps Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse Reclaim Their Power

[9] Amazon Julie Marie Mansfield Maybe God was Busy


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