All well-thinking Jamaicans will be at one with Jamaica's prime minister and president of the ruling People's National Party (PNP) Mrs Portia Simpson Miller in her abhorrence of child abuse.
We join in her condemnation of those monsters who sexually molest children.
Her very strong feelings regarding the need to protect the young were reflected in the considerable time she spent on the subject during her presentation to the public session of her party's annual conference yesterday.
This newspaper believes, however, that child abuse and molestation are segments of the much wider and deeper problem of disorder and criminality which is poisoning and sapping the confidence of the Jamaican people.
Even as Mrs Simpson Miller delivered her speech yesterday, police were investigating a triple murder — the victims including two women — on Waltham Park Road in the nation's capital. And even as that probe was ongoing, we are told that, within shouting distance, police were engaged in a gun battle which left a young man dead.
In Mandeville, once a haven of peace and tranquillity, citizens are quaking following the murder by armed robbers of yet another member of that community. This time, businessman Mr Alphonso Joseph, as he relaxed at home listening to music.
All across Jamaica the fear factor is going through the roof as the police — stretched thin by woefully inadequate personnel and material resources — struggle to contain violent crime.
In such circumstances we contend that Mrs Simpson Miller missed a perfect opportunity to impress on Jamaicans, and indeed to all interested parties including potential investors across the globe, her Government's unyielding determination to deal with crime.
It was not enough to only expound on the evil against children.
We are aware that this was a party conference with Comrades proudly celebrating their 75th anniversary.
But, like the rest of us, Comrades too, from every nook and cranny, are suffering from the fear factor. They, too, are cowering as they hear the unexplained gunshots at nights.
They, too, must feel the will of their leader to deal with a problem that is undermining the very fabric of the nation.
As we have said before, the exciting mega projects aimed at breathing new life in the Jamaican economy will not work if evil men armed with guns continue to maraud the way they do now.
We believe — and indeed we dare not believe otherwise — that Mrs Simpson Miller understands the depth and extent of the crime problem. We believe she understands that law and order must come first.
It is full time she starts to behave as if she does.