Child abuse remains a problem in Vietnam
  • | | March 02, 2021 01:35 PM
The Department of Child Affairs will increase awareness-raising around child abuse.


Awareness about child abuse will be raised

According to the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, more than 2,200 children were abused in 2020, a decrease of 209 cases compared to 2019. Of which 1,576 cases involved sexual abuse. In the latest case, a 12-year-old child in Ha Dong District was abused by her own mother and the mother's boyfriend.

Nguyen Thi Kim Hoa, head of the Department of Child Affairs, said, "Even though the number went down a bit, the situation is still very complicated and even more severe. The violators are of all ages with varied educational backgrounds. Many of them have a close relationship with the children's family."

Child abuse is often found in families that lack a parent or do not have time to take care of their children. In some cases, the children were abused in their own home, classroom or by someone close to them. It's very hard to detect such cases.

"Many victims and other people who know about the abuse didn't dare to denounce the abusers. Many cases are not noticed by the neighbours," Hoa said.

According to Hoa, there is a lack of awareness about the law on children. The number of both children and parents who know about children's rights and abuse are still low. Despite the completed legal corridor, there have been implementation difficulties. In order to deal with the issue, the Department of Child Affairs has increased promotions of the law on children, held training courses, develop a local network on children protection, and persuade families to stop using violence to teach their children.

More inspections will be held and the head of an agency will be punished if they show neglect or violate the law on the prevention and fight against child abuse.

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