90% of culprits in child sex abuses being victims’ relatives or acquaintances

Wednesday 29/04/2020 10:11

VGP - 90% of culprits in child sex abuses were victims’ relatives or acquaintances, according to a report released by the National Assembly’s supervision delegation on April 28. 

A survey on the implementation of policies and laws on prevention of child abuse during January 2015-June 2019 reveals that 9.8% of adults say they have no idea of the existence of the Law on Children. 

Meanwhile, up to 47% of children do not know the age group protected by the law. 

The lack of awareness creates loopholes in child abuse, said members of the delegation at the 44th session of NA Standing Committee at the meeting, adding that nearly 50 per cent of adults do not know what is governed by the Law on Children.

From 2015 to 2019, there were 337 children killed, 418 getting pregnant and 198 suffering mental problems as a consequence of child abuse, according to the delegation. 

Nearly 8,500 cases of violence against children were reported in the same period with more than 8,700 child victims. Sexual abuse made up the largest portion of 75.4% with 6,432 children assaulted. 857 children were beaten while 106 others were kidnapped. 

In some localities, including the Mekong Delta provinces of Hau Giang and Kien Giang and Can Tho city, child sexual abuse accounted for up to 90% of violence against children reported. 

On average, seven children are assaulted every day in Viet Nam. 

The NA’s General Secretary Nguyen Hanh Phuc tasked the delegation to analyze the causes, State management responsibilities and relations among child abuse with the divorce rate, social media and internet use to reveal a more comprehensive overview of the issue and come up with effective solutions to protect children.

By Thuy Dung 

 

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