In light of an article that was published in Guyana Times on June 19, 2018, under the caption, “Teen allegedly molested by CC&PA Office”, Director of the Child Care and Protection Agency, Ann Greene, vehemently denied that an officer of the Agency was the perpetrator.CC&PA Director Ann GreeneDuring a telephone conversation with Guyana Times on Tuesday, Greene explained the officer who was implicated in the matter is the one conducting the investigation. She could not release information on the perpetrator but is adamant that her officer is not involved.The mother of the child however, is attached to another department within the Social Protection Ministry.She explained that an investigation was launched into the matter the moment it was reported to the officers at the CC&PA. She further stated that investigations have been completed and handed over to the Police for further investigation.“As we speak, the files is with the Police who will have to send same to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) who will determine the way forward…,” she explained.However, she reprimanded Guyana Times for the “erroneous” and “misleading” article and more so threatened to take legal actions. She is of the belief that such articles put a damper on the work of the Agency.“We have been working around the clock in making sure children who were abused are protected and we will continue to make sure that is done…I am disappointed in the article…,” she related.With respect to the complainant, she explained that the CC&PA officers would have met with and updated them on the issue.The 13-year-old victim has reportedly told relatives of the instances when she had been molested by her mother’s lover, but was ignored after he denied the accusations when confronted.The teen continued to complain to relatives that the man would constantly attack her, but she was on several occasions forced to remain silent.An aunt explained that her niece confided in her school teacher, who later reported the matter to a family member.“When she told her mother, (her mother) ignored her and tells her to stop lying, so she felt frustrated and depressed and wanted to kill herself. One day she decided to call her father (my brother) and tell him what was happening, and he give me the phone because he couldn’t deal with it”.The woman said the following day she visited the CC&PA to file a report, but was later told that she has to file it in the jurisdiction in which the incident occurred.Following the allegation being reported, the Form Two student was examined by a doctor, and it was confirmed that she had been sexually violated.The aunt claimed that several weeks have elapsed since the matter was reported, and nothing has been done.The teenager is visibly traumatised; and according to the aunt, the teen is suicidal, since she blames herself for what had happened.
Inishowen Community Radio has received a welcome boost with the news that it has been approved for a total of €16,000 from the BAI and ESB ElectricAid Ireland to produce two community-based radio documentary series.The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI), through the Broadcasting Funding Scheme, has approved €9,000 for a 5 part series called ‘Bog Stories’ which explores the tradition and history of turf cutting in Inishowen.ESB ElectricAid Ireland awarded the station €7,000 for ‘Mind Yourself’, a 4 part series exploring mental health issues in Inishowen and the resources and mechanisms to deal with this growing problem. ICR Chairman, Raymond Doherty, was delighted at the news: ‘Many people at ICR are working hard to keep the show on the road and this news is testament to the fact that many of our funders have faith in us.“Funding is getting harder to come by for all community groups but we will continue in our efforts to provide a quality community service and resource here. These programmes are a great example of what we’re about, providing programming that helps entertain, inform and educate our community’.The bog has long been a part of Inishowen‟s cultural, social, historical and economic heritage. ‘Bog Stories’ will explore that heritage through the contributions of local historians and people who made their living from the bog in an entertaining, informative way.Series producer Jim Doherty is confident that the series will interest many listeners. “The bog, or the hill as we called it, was a big part of many of our lives growing up. EU rules and other factors will consign this to the past. I think it’s important to document this heritage now before it disappears completely.”A key element of the series will be the presenter working with a traditional turf-cutter to harvest a crop of turf from start to finish.Segments of this will be mixed with interviews from other contributors on the themes and topics of each episode. The series will examine the importance and influence of the bogs on many aspects of the lives of Inishowen people from earlier times to the present day.The Broadcasting Funding Scheme was established to provide funding in support of high quality programmes on Irish culture, heritage and experience, and programmes to improve adult literacy. The Broadcasting Act, 2009 also extended the scheme to offer funding towards programmes dealing with the themes of media literacy and global affairs and increased the percentage level of funding for the Scheme via the television licence fee to 7%.‘Mind Yourself’, which will be produced by Anne Gill, will provide an in depth look at the issue of mental health and how factors such as the recession have a bearing on our mental well being. Particular emphasis will be placed on mental health issues in the Inishowen community and will feature local people who are willing to share their stories. The series will look at how mental health is being addressed in the peninsula and at the support that is available to people living here.The programmes will attempt to help people to develop their mental resilience and to provide positive mental health messages through members of the local community speaking from their individual perspectives.Anne Sheridan, Mental Health Promotion/Suicide Resource Officer commenting on the series said: “The impact of the recession on the mental health of individuals and families is very significant and having a series which informs the community of the issues and local sources of support is invaluable. It helps remove the stigma often associated with mental health problems and suicide and by involving members of the local community in the initiative will ensure that it has a strong resonance for listeners.”If anyone is interested in contributing to or getting involved in ‘Mind Yourself’ they should contact Anne on 07493 29105. INISHOWEN COMMUNITY RADIO GETS FUNDING TO ‘TURF’ OUT DOCUMENTARIES! was last modified: May 2nd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)