The National Committee for Families and Children have issued a statement condemning the increase in reports of sexual offenses against children. The NCFC says quote “Mere words alone cannot express our absolute condemnation of such heinous acts. As adults, we should be protecting our children rather than taking advantage of them. Children will be children and should be given the opportunity to grow and flourish and therefore, NCFC reiterates that sexual abuse of any sort against our children must stop. Regardless of the status of perpetrators, no one is above the law and that the only consideration is to seek to do what is in the best interest of the child. The NCFC reminds the public that Belize became the fifth country to ratify the United Nations convention on the Rights of the Child in May of 1990. The release goes on to say that sexual perpetrators ought to know that any young girl or boy under the age of 16 cannot legally consent to any sexual activities and that any sexual intercourse with these minors can be considered statutory rape. NCFC therefore call on all relevant authorities to properly investigate these alleged sexual cases without any partiality, especially since our children deserve the utmost respect irrespective of who they are.