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"SINISTER & HORRIFIC"
*Warning: The following is very disturbing and graphic in nature.
Back in the day, you protected your children from strangers. Now you also have to protect them from family members.
CHILDREN as young as four years old have been treated for gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes and HIV at the Bustamante Hospital for Children after being raped by close family members including their fathers.
So overwhelming is the number of cases seen at the hospital yearly that one doctor is speaking out in the hope that more will be done by both individuals and communities to protect the nation's children, many of whom endure months and years of abuse before they are eventually rescued.
Dr. Sandra A Knight, a Jamaican general practitioner who has worked with the pediatric hospital in Kingston for the past 11 years, said more of these young patients are being brought in for sexually transmitted infections.
"The hospital sees several alleged sexual assault cases each year with the victims being anywhere from babies to 12 years old," she told the Jamaica Observer.
Many of these children are usually not taken to the hospital until they start to experience symptoms associated with the vagina, penis or anus.
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 sodomized by the pastor his mother left him with while she went to work.
Although the boy became withdrawn and lost his appetite, the damage was not discovered until his teacher complained that he was defecating on himself while at school.
Dr. Knight said when the mother took him to the hospital his penis was swollen and scarred and his anus torn.
"You could literally look up the child's anus to the rectum," Dr. Knight said.
The child later revealed that the pastor had been raping him for some time and would give him $20 each time he had sex with him.
Another case she will never forget was that of an 18-month-old boy who died after being sodomized by an uncle, two years ago.
"I saw that baby two days before he died," a distraught Dr. Knight said.
She recalled the day the near lifeless baby was brought to the hospital by his uncle and a pregnant girlfriend to be treated for a cold.
As she attempted to resuscitate the unconscious baby, she noticed his stomach was growing at an alarming pace.
"I was so busy resuscitating him that I didn't immediately think of turning the child over and when I turned him over the anus was destroyed," she said. "The uncle had raped the baby and when the penis went into the anus it tore off the colon (bowel).
In yet another case, Dr. Knight said she treated a little girl who was infected with HIV, gonorrhea, syphilis and herpes by an uncle who was in and out of prison.
It was, however, the last two patients that Dr. Knight treated a week ago that pushed her to make public the plight of these children.
In these cases, a four and a six-year-old were infected with gonorrhea which had began to seriously ravish their young bodies by the time they were diagnosed.
"What traumatized 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.
From the symptoms, Dr. Knight said it would appear the girls would have been infected for weeks, however the younger one was only taken to the hospital after her mother noticed she was scratching her vagina while the older child had a smelly discharge.
In both cases, Dr. Knight said the children refused to say who the perpetrators were, although the younger one reported that her father was sleeping in her bed, while the mother told the police that he should have been sleeping on the floor. That father has since been arrested. However, there is still no arrest made in the case of the six-year-old.
During the medical examination of these young rape victims a swab (the size of a cotton bud) is used to take a sample from the vagina and this procedure, Dr. Knight said, often causes children to scream out in pain.
"And I say to myself, if this swab is so painful for them," [I can't imagine] "what the experience must have been like for these children," she said.
Once these children are found to have been sexually abused they are admitted at the hospital and are only discharged when a social worker gives the go ahead.
Knight said the doctors do not examine any child without an officer being present from the Center for the Investigation of Sexual Offenses and Child Abuse (CISOCA).
"Whenever a child comes in, CISOCA is called, and one officer will interview the family while another will remain with the doctor while the child is being examined," she explained.
She said that in most cases the children are taken to the hospital by the mothers who sometimes have been aware that these children are being molested but feel powerless to act.
In a lot of the cases, Dr. Knight, said these mothers were themselves raped as children.
"Most of the mothers who I interviewed know the children are being abused, but they are economically and physically disadvantaged because the man is going to beat them, and some even send out children for men to have sex with them," she said.
One mother, Dr. Knight said, admitted to her that she had a similar experience as a child and it did not affect her. "So the mentality is the child is going to be all right too," said the doctor.
"We had a three-year-old who it took hours for her to talk, and then she finally said "mi father say me nuffi talk," Dr Knight said.
She explained that this is usually a confusing place for a child to be, as they often do not know what they are feeling at that time.
"When these little children grow up and realize that what happened was not supposed to happen, then they start to feel ashamed and this affects their self-esteem and values and they then engage in voluntary sex at a young age," she said.
While the majority of rapes are committed by adults, there are those occasions when the sexual act is done by an older child.
So traumatic are these and several other cases she has dealt with, that Dr Knight said it has begun to impact her and some of her colleagues personally, especially after the birth of her now six year-old daughter.
"It is difficult to see a four-year-old suffering like this, and so I get obsessive about who my daughter is staying with," she said, adding that no one, regardless of social status, is safe from this demon.
"A physician who is going through a divorce confided in me that he was sexually abused as a child and was having difficulty maintaining a relationship with a woman as he was sexually abused by a woman," she said, explaining further that having grown up in a poor family he was sent to board at a lady's house during his high school years and the lady took sex for rent.
As for the wheels of justice, Dr. Knight is not convinced they are turning as fast as they should, as of all the cases she has treated over the years, she has only been called three times to be a witness in court, which could suggest that a lot of them do not get resolved.
She feels helpless at not having any one solution to the problem. However, she is hoping that by speaking out public awareness will be raised and responsible adults will be prompted to take action.
"My solutions are, one, to make society aware of the fact that they need to protect their children, and two, if you are a perpetrator you will be punished and lastly, to let everyone know that it is wrong to do this," 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.
"BLACK HISTORY" (3 STORIES)
Blackdom is the virtually untold story of black pioneers Frank and Ella Boyer's dream to create a colony for black people in the prairie of South Eastern, New Mexico.
It was a community of 300 Negroes.
It was the only exclusive Negro settlement in the world.
Blackdom existed in New Mexico from 1908 to the mid 1920's.
"ELITE ROYAL GUARD"
A book (Amazons of Sparta: The Women Warriors of Dahomey) has been published detailing the fighting women of the Fon (Dahomey People) and their neighbors-The Ashanti.
Originally retained as the elite royal guard, Dahomey Amazons held semi-sacred status as celibate warrior "wives" of the King.
They prided themselves on their hardened physiques and highly-trained martial skills. They constantly strove to out perform their male counterparts.
By 1890, they comprised over 30 percent of the Dahomey fighting force.
Mme. Abomah (the tallest black woman in U.S. history) featured on last night's page was a descendant of the Dahomey tribe.
A controversial homemade doll known as a topsy-turvy doll existed because the slave masters didn't want the slave children to have dolls that (completely) looked like themselves; this would give them a sense of empowerment. The slave masters didn't care if the topsy-turvy was half black it just couldn't be completely black.
When the slave master was gone, the kids would have the black side up, but when the slave master returned, they would have the white side up.
by: Joe Hardy
True Story: I am a skeptic by nature and don't really believe in this sort of thing.
The first incident occurred when my 3-year-old son and I were watching cartoons at about 9 p.m.
My wife and older son were visiting my mother-in-law.
The phone rings, the display says: Its Handset 1 calling Handset 2. I have one phone in the bedroom (Handset 1) and the other in the kitchen (Headset 2). The phone is on the charger in the kitchen and the phone in the bedroom is untouched. Weird, how can these two phones call (one another) using the same number?
About a week later at 10:30 p.m., my wife is at work and both my sons are sleeping. Suddenly, I hear something in the kitchen. The blinds for my sliding door are swinging but no one is there and the A/C isn't on although I turned it on earlier. Weird. I go back to my room and relax, suddenly, I hear my door open. It's my youngest son saying "Daddy there is something in my room."
I carry him to his bed. He points over my shoulder and says its over there. I turned around and see nothing.
The final incident occurred a week later. I woke up at 2:30 a.m. in a hot sweat tossing and turning, I couldn't sleep and I hear footsteps outside my bedroom. I sit up and see nothing and lay back down. My door moved slightly about 1/4 of the way open. I hear three more steps (entering my room). Then my dog jumps off the couch and comes down the hallway, she sticks her head in the door and looks around with her ears up. There are 5 or 6 more steps before it stops at the side of my bed. I reach over and turn my light on and I don't see anything.