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Police officers render assistance to the driver of this overturned pickup following an accident at Queen's
Park Savannah West, near Picton Street, Port-of-Spain, on Tuesday. The driver and passenger were not
injured in the accident. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
The Rape Crisis Centre s annu-
al report shows almost 300 new
cases of sexual assault, including
incest, are perpetrated against
children every year.
The revelation came from Mar-
cus Kissoon, a director at the cen-
tre, during an interview on CNC3 s
Morning Brew show on Tuesday.
Kissoon said the centre s
youngest "client" was two and the
The interview came the day after
two men, both stepfathers, were
charged, one with murder and rape
and the other, the rape of three
Kissoon said he had spent the
last four months working with a
coalition for sexual assault in New
York, where mandatory report
training was enforced and advo-
cated that this kind of reporting
should be implemented in T&T as
"We have that law here," he said,
pointing out that doctors and nurs-
es and anyone entrusted with the
care of children had a duty to
report any telltale signs of abuse.
Member of the Child Protection
Task Force Margaret Sampson-
Brown, who was also on the morn-
ing programme, expressed reser-
vations about the lack of support
services for victims.
She also chastised mothers who
enabled the sexual abuse of their
children by doing nothing about
"If a mother stays in a home,
aware that her child/children are
being abused sexually by her male
friend, and does nothing about it,
she is a predator," she said.
"She is also culpable. So I am
saying, how do we deal with that?
We come up with that information,
we remove children from the home
and place them where?
"At the St Jude s Home or at
other homes? We have to be able
to remove them and put them in
a space and a place where they do
not feel a victim anymore."
Sampson-Brown agreed that
adults must be trained to identify
signs of sexual abuse and not
She said parents also had to start
believing their children and not
dismiss them when they spoke of
perpetrators in the same house.
She said they should not be ignored
when they exhibited highly sexual
behaviour that is not the norm for
a child that age.
The country was recently shaken
by the brutal rape and killing of
six-year-old Keyana Cumberbatch.
Cumberbatch went missing on
November 25 after leaving her
Maloney Gardens, D Abadie home
on her way to her grandmother s
apartment one building away.
Her decomposing body was
found three days later in her
apartment, inside a plastic cargo
bag in a shipping barrel next to
her mother Simone Williams s
Cumberbatch was hit in the
head so severely that her skull
was cracked. She was then sex-
ually assaulted, an autopsy report
A male relative has since
appeared in court charged with
her killing and has been remand-
ed to the St Ann s Hospital for
San Fernando street vendors are
getting a six-day "bligh" to sell their
goods for Christmas before vending
is banned from High Street.
In announcing the San Fernando City
Corporation s plans for Christmas
vending on Tuesday, mayor Kazim
Hosein said contracts have been drafted
and must be signed by members of the
San Fernando Business Association and
the San Fernando Street Vendors Asso-
ciation before the street vending ini-
tiative starts today.
Saying it was first time that business
owners and street vendors had come
to an amicable agreement, he said vend-
ing will be allowed until Christmas Eve
at three marked segments of the street.
Vending accommodation will start
from the bottom of High Street to the
corner of Penitence Street, then from
Mon Chagrin Street to Carlton Centre
and lastly from Short Street to Roger s
After this period, Hosein said, ven-
dors will be relocated.
He said, "The police will be mon-
itoring this very closely and the pave-
ments will be cleared. There are proper
legal documents that we have drafted
and this should start from Thursday
until Christmas Eve.
"There will be no vending after that,
and we will have to look for an alter-
native location. This has been plaguing
the city for years, so we will go out and
seek somewhere for them."
Hosein also warned that store owners
on Mucurapo Street who block the
pavement with their goods will be made
to clear the pathway.
He added that the experimental traf-
fic arrangements implemented by the
past council will be reimplemented to
ease the traffic congestion in central
Rape Crisis report reveals stunning fact:
300 cases of sex
Sando street vendors
get a Christmas bligh
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