THE

CRISIS CENTRE

INCEST
 


Most of the reported cases of Incest in Jamaica are sexual offences committed by fathers and
stepfathers against their children under 14 years of age. In a few cases brothers and grandfathers
are also offenders.

DOESN'T THE LAW TAKE CARE OF ALL SUCH
OFFENCES AGAINST CHILDREN?

Yes. Incest involving Juveniles is dealt with the Police Special Unit and the Courts, with the
help of the Children's Services and the Counselors within the Family Court structure. All too often, cases go unreported and the
Victim suffers in silence.

ARE THESE ABUSERS MAD?

Not often. Many of them like rapists seem quite sane and respectable in other ways.
Psychiatrists have suggested that such men have feelings of inadequacy. Other contributory
factors may be:

Cultural myths
Ignorant belief
Ignorance
Continued absence of the mother from the household.
Some incest cases occur between; Fathers and daughters  who become acquainted for the
first time when the daughter is almost grown.

Because we unable to gain  information from the abusers, it is more difficult to understand.

DOES SUCH ABUSE CONTINUE
AFTER THE CHILD IS GROWN?

Yes. If she continues to live in the household. Many young girls who have been the victims
of sexual abuse from their fathers and other male relatives have had to leave home
early because of continued harassment and molestation. Many times, the victims will be pursued
 outside of the home as well.

DO SUCH CHILDREN SUFFER
AFTER-EFFECTS?

Yes Both in childhood and in womanhood. In childhood, even after the threat of abuse is removed,
 such children show after-effects such as:

  • Fear of males

  • Early sexual activity and promiscuity 

  • Rudeness and rebellion against authority 

  • Inability to cope with school work and trauma 

  • Social withdrawal and other psychological disturbance In womanhood, a very common symptom is inability to establish a normal sexual relationship.

  • Promiscuous lifestyle Feelings of guilt and shame are also common Suppressed anger and feelings of abandonment may also prevail.
     

  •                              HOW DOES THE CRISIS CENTRE HELP?

    - By offering help and support to the teenager or young woman, who has been the victim of incest, and her family.
    -
    Counseling for all family and members of the household.
    -
    Referral for in-depth or long term Psychiatric treatment and/or crisis counseling for the family (including the abuser).
    -
    Temporary emergency shelter

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