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Child Sexual Abuse-A Community Concern

As preparations are in progress to host a number of activities to observe Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness month in the territory for the month of April, the next presenter at the HLSCC Community Lecture Series will jumpstart the activities with a discussion on the topic of “Child Sexual Abuse and the Complexities of Gender, Power and Sexuality.” Dr. Rhoda Reddock, a professor of Gender, Social Change and Development and Deputy Campus Principal at the University of the West Indies St. Augustine campus will lead an open dialogue on Thursday 9th March, 2017 at the Eileene Parsons Auditorium at 7:30pm.

The complexities of gender, power and sexuality has given an alarming rise to child sexual abuse in every neighbourhood that cannot be ignored. Statistics revealed in a 2014 report from the BVI Social Development Department, approximately 55% of the various types of child abuse reported in the British Virgin Islands were sex related. In 2015 this percentage declined to 39% with a further decline to 28% in 2016. A community approach is needed to end child abuse, and in an effort to support the BVI Social Development Department’s efforts in building public awareness on the subject of child maltreatment, HLSCC has proudly joined the movement.

This lecture is expected to provide insights for all stakeholders to gain a better understanding of the ways in which the accepted notions of masculinity and femininity has implicated child sexual abuse and what needs to be done to address it.

The lecture is also intended to provide guidance on the challenges of social injustice and gender inequality in the Caribbean. Dr. Reddock’s lecture forms part of a series of lectures entitled “Exploring Caribbean Feminism: History, Culture and Movements of Social Change” which opened in Belize in March 2016 that has continued down to Anguilla, Montserrat, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago and now Tortola. Dr. Reddock will be joined by local experts in the field for a panel discussion and an audience question and answer session.

This lecture is free and open to the public and everyone is encouraged to come. Together we can all make a stance to break the silence and help end child abuse in the Virgin Islands.

  • Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to one of the CERTIFICATE or DEGREE LEVEL PROGRAMMES, a student should have graduated from High School with CXC or GCE required grades, or High School Certificate or Diploma.  No student will be allowed to register for a CERTIFICATE or DEGREE LEVEL PROGRAMME unless the above requirements have been satisfied.  While there are no stipulated admission requirements to any of the enrichment courses, the Academic Dean may require some level of proficiency in the area of interest, depending on the complexity of the subject being offered.  In addition, a student is expected to present the following:

a)  High School diploma or 4 CXC/GCE subjects including English at the General Proficiency level Grades 1and 2 up to 1997 or CXC/GCE General Proficiency Grades 1, 2 and 3 from 
     1998 onward.
b)  Passport, birth certificate, or proof of residence status and time of arrival in the British Virgin Islands.
c)  Social Security number, if employed.

 Admission to the College does not guarantee enrolment in the programme or courses requested by the student.  Placement is based on assessment standards developed to help ensure the student's academic success.  Students are advised to contact the College for information on testing and academic advising.



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