|Sadly, we continue to hear stories of abuse in our counseling office and more stories from the community are in the news. While we cannot talk about what we hear in the office we can share with you the news from the community. Please keep all of the children involved in your prayers. |
Two Disturbing Sexual Assaults; One By A Step-Father, One By a Pastor
|Mon, October 24, 2011|
|There are two disturbing stories of sexual assault to report tonight. A 42 year old man who allegedly committed a sexual assault on his 11 year old step-daughter, was denied bail after he appeared today in the Magistrate's Court and was charged with aggravated assault of an indecent nature. The man pleaded not guilty but the prosecution objected to bail on the grounds that the defendant is on parole for a conviction of indecent assault on a previous step-daughter. When asked to give a good reason why he should be granted bail, the man said he met his common-law-wife about 2 years ago and she did not tell him she has 3 children. He said the 11 year old does not like when he disciplines her and she comes home late at night and sometimes she comes home with money. But because he is on parole for a similar offence, Chief Magistrate Ana Marie Smith remanded him into custody until November 24. The incident occurred on September 29. The child reported to the police that her step-father fondled her private parts. |
And a student of Belmopan in the presence of his mother reported that sometime in the month of June of this year, while at his pastor's house - namely Jason Neal- in Roaring Creek, he was sleeping on his sofa when he was awakened by Neal who was touching his private parts.He also reported that in the month of July of this year, Neal had touched him inappropriately. As a result Police arrested 37 year old Pastor Jason Neal of Roaring Creek Village and charged him with 2 counts of Aggravated Assault.
We have not heard any updates about the step-father but regarding the pastor we have heard that he was fined $3000 for each count and that he has until December 16th to pay this fine or he will have to serve jail time.
CDF has done sensitization training to make the problem of sexual abuse and exploitation known in all of the high schools here in the area and also some of the elementary schools. For the little ones there is a Yell and Tell campaign and for the teens there is the "My Body, My Future" project.
Valley of Peace
We at CDF have spoken at churches, and to women in villages and to youth. Since September when a four year old was raped there have been more people who are willing to tell their stories and more cases are coming to light. This does not mean there is more abuse going on than in the past...just that people now have the courage to talk about it.
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