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Talking About It: Child Sexual Abuse as a Public Health Issue

May 7, 2014

Inaugural Dame Hilda Bynoe St George’s University (SGU) Writer-in-Residence Lisa Allen-Agostini will end her visit to Grenada with a reading and discussion:

“Talking About it: Child Sexual Abuse as a Public Health Issue”

 hosted by Groundation Grenada.

{Date} May 9, 5.30- 7.30 pm

{Location}the Brooks-Smith-Lowe Institute, Calivigny.

Free and open to the public.

“Talking About it: Child Sexual Abuse as a Public Health Issue” will begin with a reading by Allen-Agostini from her work in progress, a novel that looks at the effects child sexual abuse has on its adult survivors. Her manuscript was her main project during her 15-week residency at SGU.

Following the reading, SGU Public Health lecturer Fatima Friday, and Public Relations Officer of the Grenada Public Health Association Dr Kecia Brooks-Smith-Lowe will be part of a panel discussing child sexual abuse and its possible ramifications. These may include Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and a propensity for risk taking.

“Research shows that children who were sexually abused often grow up into adults who don’t care about themselves, and who are prone to entering other abusive relationships,” said Allen-Agostini. “It may be linked to the spread of HIV in region. Women aged 15-25 represent the highest number of new infections.”

About Fatima Friday: Fatima Friday, MEd, is an Instructor and Practicum Coordinator at the SGU Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. Her research interests include psychoneuroimmunology, optimal health and wellness methodologies, science and art symposium coordination facilitation, and anthropological research.

About Dr Kecia Brooks-Smith-Lowe: An American Board Certified Specialist in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Dr Kecia Brooks-Smith-Lowe is also an Affiliate Purna Yoga Instructor. She holds a Masters in Public Health from SGU.

About the Brooks-Smith Lowe Institute: Founded in 1999 the Brooks-Smith-Lowe Institute offers professional health care in a modern facility specializing in Internal Medicine (adults) and Pediatrics (children). The Institute is also the home of Spice Harmony Yoga Studio.

Malaika Brooks-Smith-Lowe

RealGroundationLogo_TransparentGroundation Grenada is a youth led social action collective, founded in 2009, which focuses on the use of creative media to assess the community’s needs, raise consciousness and act to create positive radical growth. We pursue our mission online, through, and this year began expanding to live events and special projects in collaboration with local, regional and international artists and activists. Groundation Grenada’s website supports both local and diasporic voices, acting as an interface to connect youth who are hungry for innovative change.

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