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CHILDREN as young as four years old have been treated for gonorrhoea, syphilis, herpes and HIV at Children after being raped by close family members including their fathers.
Dr Knight said she treats an average of eight such cases each year while some of her colleagues see up to 13 children annually at the hospital. Recalling some of the most disturbing cases she has dealt with during her tenure at the hospital, Dr Knight said they continue to have a long-lasting impact on her, personally. One which still traumatizes her to this day is the case of a nine-year-old boy who was buggered by the pastor his mother left him with while she went to work.
Although the boy became withdrawn and lost his appetite, the buggery was not discovered until his teacher complained that he was defecating on himself while at school. a four and a six-year-old were infected with gonorrhoea which had began to seriously ravish their young bodies by the time they were diagnosed.“What traumatised me about the situation is when I look at the vagina of these little girls (and pardon the graphicness of what I am saying) the hymen is ripped apart, they have sores, the older child we had to evaporate the room when we were finished because pus was coming from her vagina,” she said.
As for Jamaica having a sex offenders registry to alert communities to the identity sex offenders, Knight does not believe this would work as smoothly in Jamaica as in the United States, because Jamaicans might not be mature enough to handle this because of the vigilante culture.
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