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  • John
    August 28, 2012 - 09:31

    There is a statistic stating that about 15 - 20% of children suffer some kind of abuse. That could be sexual, emotional, physical, verbal, psychological, etc. It is also proven that abuse victims use the judicial system, health system shelterer housing, etc. Government should be putting counselling on a higher level with appropiatly trained professionals in a multi-tiered system such as combining sexual abuse with physical and psychological services. This would enable the patient to receive the appropriate counselling to get at the root cause of the problem. Then counselling could be given to the resulting effects of the root cause. This could enable the victims to become fully functional members of society.

  • wayne
    August 28, 2012 - 09:07

    Think very hard about the minister's statement. The delay for treatment has dropped from 18 months to 4 months. Yes that is a very significant change....BUT.....to tell a desperate addict that they must wait 4 months for treatement is like telling a starving person they must wait 4 months for food. The addict needs their fix TODAY they will lie , steal , cheat ...sell their bodies......do anything to get that fix......so saying that the wait is 4 months is saying there will be 4 more months of that. The crime rate, number or police calls, court time, health care time and cost could ALL be significantly improved with more locally available clinics and dispensaries and a SECURE detox centre. Folks will remember a young woman who threw gas over a store clerk a while ago.........she was DESPERATE for her fix. Remember the person who ASKED for federal jail time so they could get treatment ?? ............a wait time of DAYS is reasonable ..not weeks or months.