Commentary: 14-year-old raped, killed and burnt – a troubling new normal in Jamaica

Derrick Miller has over 16 years in law enforcement and public safety. His consulting and youth advocacy work includes; community safety, victims support, treatment, team building, personal development, and leadership. He holds a BS, MBA, and MS degree that covers economics, criminal justice, leadership, and management. He may be contacted at

By Derrick Miller

How do you comfort the mother of young Yetanya Francis, who was raped, murdered and her lifeless body found on August 24, 2018, after simply being out on an errand for her mother?

Her gruesome headline story is not unique to Jamaica; especially untimely deaths of young girls where other parents still search for answers.

What is different today is that social media has taken these victims’ stories…

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