U.S. helps VN enhance prosecution, adjudication of child abuse cases

Thursday 08/11/2018 10:01

VGP – The Supreme People's Procuracy and the U.S. Secretary of State are jointly organizing a training course on prosecution, adjudication of child abuse related case from November 7-9 in Ha Noi. 

The course aims to share information and exchange experience of the U.S. in prosecution and adjudication of cases related to child physical and sexual abuse and other witnesses and effective measures to force perpetrators to be responsible for their actions. 

The event is meaningful and effective to prosecutors in charge of prosecution and prosecution of criminal investigations involving child sexual abuse, making contributions to improving the effectiveness of preventing and controlling the crimes. 

Child sexual abuse has been on the rise across the country, with most incidents remaining unreported. Most of the cases were reported by relatives of victims or local residents

Most of the alleged sexual abusers were relatives or acquaintances of victims. They took advantage of close relationships with naive children whose victims’ parents were at work.

Many recently reported cases involved sexual violence against children, of which the majority of alleged abusers were foreigners.

The number of rising child abuse cases was attributed to the lack of parental care, the lack of gender education and life skills at schools, and the exposure to the internet and social networks, as well as tourism development.

More than 1,000 cases of sexual violence against children are reported every year and the reported cases are only the tip of the iceberg. 

The Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs’ report says 572 Vietnamese children sexually abused in the first five months of 2018. The report said 59.9% of sexual abuse cases involved a neighbor or an acquaintance, 21.3% involved a family member.

By Thuy Dung

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