Protection Commission alert. Sexual abuse happens in the “child trust circle”


Most sexual abuse of children happens at home and the aggressor is someone within the family or the child’s trust, warned the president of the National Commission for the Protection of Children, who defended attention to the signs.

Today marks the European Day for the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, a date created in 2015 by the Council of Europe, and whose central theme this year is “Making the circle of trust truly safe for children”, as in most cases abuses are carried out by adults known to the child and with which it has a close relationship.

“It is important that we are all aware and do our role as adults to help and prepare our children for the right to be respected and to have their privacy and to be protected from any kind of abuse”, defended the president of the National Commission for Promotion of Rights and Protection of Children and Youth (CNPDPCJ), Rosário Farmhouse.

According to data from the Annual Internal Security Report (RASI), in 2020 119 people were arrested for the crime of sexual abuse of children and another 33 for child pornography, among other crimes against sexual freedom and self-determination.

Although it is not possible to know how many complaints were made or how many children were victims, the RASI reveals that, in the global investigations initiated, 47.2% were related to child pornography and 27.9% to child sexual abuse.

It also says that victims are mostly girls (76.9%), aged between eight and 13 years (69.1%), and male aggressors (92.9%), aged between 31 and 50 years (42.9%), in addition to “the context of the family relationship prevails as a space of relationship between the perpetrator and victim”.

RASI data show that only in 12.2% of cases the aggressor is unknown to the victim, since in 52.4% of crimes the abuse was carried out by a family member, with another 22.3% in which the child knew who abused her.

Rosário Farmhouse admitted that the phenomenon of sexual abuse “is a reality that is increasingly present” in the work of the Committees for the Protection of Children and Youth (CPCJ), “although the numbers are not yet very expressive” and that due to the fact that if it is a public crime, it is immediately referred to the Judiciary Police.

He pointed out that the sexual abuse usually takes place in the “child’s circle of trust, often in the home itself, in the nuclear or extended family“, but also by “adults of reference”, who can either be close friends of the family or professionals who work with the children and whom they trust.

“Usually they are not people the children don’t know, they are often next door and that’s why it’s more dangerous, because it’s close and we’re not always aware of it,” said Farmhouse.

Online abuse with exponential increase

On the other hand, he drew attention to a reality that “has been noticed and perceived”, but about which “is not always easy to act”, which is “online” abuse, a phenomenon that “has had a very exponential increase, especially now during the pandemic years” and which has deserved “great concern” as it entails “huge challenges” by the fact that it happens virtually.

The president of CNPDPCJ explained that talking about sexual abuse is not just about rape, for example, it ranges from exposure to pornographic content, “touches that are not allowed” or even a certain type of vocabulary.

“This entry into the child’s private area causes the child, not being protected, to think that that behavior is normal, even because it comes from people with whom they have a close relationship, and may leave deep marks that can become marks forever,” he warned.

Asked which signs to pay attention to, Rosário Farmhouse pointed out that “children often give more visible or less visible signs”, so it is important to create a relationship of trust that allows the child to talk about what is bothering them.

“Sometimes the signs can be the child not wanting to visit that person for no apparent reason not wanting to be around that person or walking sadder or, for example, very young children showing behaviors that are too sexualized for their age”, he exemplified.

For the responsible, it is important to “be aware” but also “to teach children that they should be respected”, “that the body is theirs and no one has the right to touch their body”, stressing that it is not up to each of us to assess whether or not a possible case of abuse is true and that it is better to denounce than perpetuate a situation that put the child in great danger.

On the subject, and to mark the date, the CNPDPCJ made an institutional video, alerting civil society to a problem that is serious, wide-ranging and transversal to all social classes.


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