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SDD decorates portion of dual carriageway median for Child Abuse Awareness Month

In celebration of Child Abuse Month, the Social Development Department (SDD) decorated an area of the James Walter Francis Drive Dual Carriageway median with pinwheels. Photo: Team of Reporters
More photos captured of the decorations by Social Development Department (SDD) in observance of Child Abuse Month. Photo: Team of Reporters
More photos captured of the decorations by Social Development Department (SDD) in observance of Child Abuse Month. Photo: Team of Reporters
More photos captured of the decorations by Social Development Department (SDD) in observance of Child Abuse Month. Photo: Team of Reporters
More photos captured of the decorations by Social Development Department (SDD) in observance of Child Abuse Month. Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - If you happened to pass in the area of the James Walter Francis Drive Dual Carriageway today, April 24, 2018, you would have noticed the small portion of decoration placed there by the Social Development Department (SDD) to celebrate April as Child Abuse Month.

The presentation is entitled ‘Pinwheels for Prevention.’ It is unclear if the pinwheels blowing in the wind were made by children who suffered abuse.

However, the pinwheels in bright colours sure did get most motorists and pedestrians’ attention, as they are not only radiant, but the message is serious.

After the Hurricanes

It is unclear what are the statistics for Child Abuse in the British Overseas Territory of the Virgin Islands, and if there has been a spike following Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017 that placed many families in unstable situations.

The challenges of the killer storms have been most hard on families and forced many children to either live with other family members, or in some cases neighbours, or migrate.

We trust that the message gets through and people understand that we all have a role in preventing Child Abuse, not only in April, but twelve months of the year. We also have a responsibility to report it to the authorities.

4 Responses to “SDD decorates portion of dual carriageway median for Child Abuse Awareness Month”

  • Nice! (24/04/2018, 21:55) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Beautiful initiative. A good start.
  • NezRez (25/04/2018, 08:52) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I saw it and it is nice, but a shame we have to have it at all. Protect our children with the help of other family members who must step up when necessary. Sometimes stressed parents just need a break for a week or month. Help them if you can because that is what family is about.
  • what we're good at (25/04/2018, 13:12) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is all we good at. In actuality the service is an international joke. Unless an issue is blown wide open, that's when there is some sort of action for a day and then they go sleep. They more mind people business and draw judgment based on who they like from who aint from here than do what they should really be doing.

    Let me tell you about child abuse. When everything economical that could be done is done, and no food to eat in the home. You go to them just to help get some corn beef and bread to help put something on the table, and the insults this department put you through, you prefer dead for hungry and wet the children mouth with lil sugar water than go to them for anything. That is child abuse too. Come on SDD, up your game, do what you suppose to be doing to help people.
    • joke (25/04/2018, 14:31) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      They are useless.

      The entire department needs investigating. Only when this child abuse month comes they show themselves. They spread your business and do nothing when they should be dealing with abuse instead of running their mouth trying to sound like they care. Clueless set of people


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