They have the right to be Protected.

Statement on crimes against Belizean children and women

September 27, 2011 – Belize City, Belize

The Special Envoy for Women and Children, Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow joins the National Committee for Families and Children and the Ministry of Human Development and Social Transformation in expressing our deep sadness and outrage at the sexual assault of the four year old. It is truly horrific that any child should have to endure such a traumatic experience and possibly at the hands of someone she and her family trusted.

We also express heartfelt condolences to the families of Joshua Abraham, Nelsi Chuc, and Maritza Santos on the tragic death of their loved-ones. That these young people, the lifeblood of our society, have been robbed of their lives and innocence has overwhelmed us with sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families and friends during their time of grief.

As entities charged with the responsibility of advancing the best interest of children and other vulnerable groups, we pledge to redouble our efforts in advocacy, prevention and intervention. We also trust that the authorities are doing all they can to ensure that the perpetrators of these crimes are brought to justice. We must all, however, continue to be proactive and do what we can as a society to protect our women and children, ensuring that they can lead long fulfilling lives.