Why focus on child sexual abuse?
Sexual abuse of the girl child is a major problem in Jamaica. Preliminary data from the OCR shows that in 2013, 3386 sexual abuse cases were reported, a 23% increase over the previous year. Of the reported cases, 92% were of girls; more than half (1,910) of all reported cases of sexual abuse were carnal abuse (sex with children under 16 years old) and there were 349 cases of child rape (UNICEF, 2014).
How our research works
The None in Three model uses a mixed methods research approach:
- We have conducted interviews and focus groups with survivors and perpetrators of child sexual abuse to gain a deep understanding of young people’s experiences.
- We have surveyed more than 7,000 young people in schools in Jamaica to understand their exposure and attitudes to violence.
- The outcomes from our research are informing the development of an interactive educational game for young people to play.
- We will use further anonymous surveys to evaluate the impact on young people of the game.
- A teaching resource pack will accompany the game, after it has been evaluated, to ensure players have sufficient time to reflect on the issues and debate the characters’ attitudes and behaviours.
What we do
We work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders to understand the important work they do, and to interview the survivors and perpetrators of gender violence they support.
We also work closely with schools and with young people, some of whom will act as consultants helping us to develop a realistic and dynamic computer game.
1Jones & Trotman Jemmott, 2009,Perceptions of, Attitudes to and Opinions on Child Sexual Abuse in the Eastern Caribbean, read online
2Jones & Trotman Jemmott, 2016, Twenty-one lessons: preventing domestic violence in the Caribbean, read online
3Soyibo K , Lee MG (2000), Domestic and school violence among high school students in Jamaica, The West Indian Medical Journal
4Unicef, 2018, Situation Analysis of Jamaican Children, read online
5Amnesty International, Amnesty International Report 2006 – Jamaica, 23 May 2006, available at: https://www.refworld.org/docid/447ff7ac16.html