Experts call for public policy to combat sexual exploitation of children and adolescents – Notícias

05/12/2022 – 17:14

Experts have condemned this Thursday (12), the lack of public policy and budget to prevent sexual exploitation of children and adolescents. The issue was discussed at the Chamber of Deputies at a public hearing hosted by the Human Rights and Minorities Commission.

On May 18, there was controversy over the National Day for the Prevention of Child and Adolescent Abuse and Sexual Abuse. The date was established by Act 9.970/00 to commemorate the murder of daughter Araselli Crespo, who was abducted, raped and murdered in 1973 at the age of 8.

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Diego Alves: The government allocates little money to protect children and adolescents

Diego Alves, president of the National Council for the Rights of Children and Adolescents (KANDA), says the federal government has failed to implement the national plan to prevent sexual violence against children and adolescents approved by KANDA in 2000. He emphasized the importance. Sex education to understand the situation of abuse, which can lead children to prevent, avoid and report these incidents. In addition, he has secured guarantees, resources in union, state and municipal budgets, for providing care services and for promoting prevention.

Diego cites a survey conducted by UNICEF and IPIA, which found that between 2016 and 2019, Brazil allocated an average of only 3.2% of federal public resources for children and adolescents. “This is far from ensuring what the constitution supports: the child as an absolute priority,” he lamented.

Difficulty reporting
UNICEF Brazil’s Child and Adolescent Protection Specialist, Luiza Teixeira, highlighted that the number of segregated violations caused by the Covid-19 epidemic has increased in 2020, despite lower reports of sexual violence against boys and girls.

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Sister Henrietta (on the big screen): Adversity leads to an increase in violence

According to him, this situation highlights the difficulty of condemning the case. “This is due to a number of factors, such as normalization of sexual violence against children and adolescents, lack of knowledge about what constitutes a crime, difficulty identifying its symptoms, lack of credibility of reporting channels, among others”, listed

Sister Henrietta Cavalcant, coordinator of the Judicial and Peace Commission of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (CNBB), adds regret to these reasons. According to him, low-income families, in extreme cases of social vulnerability, are the biggest victims. “In the Parer river, children are sexually exploited by rafting in exchange for a piece of bread,” he said.

The monk noted that the spread of hunger in the country has led to an increase in sexual exploitation and that in recent years the breaking of public policies has been considered “unacceptable”. He also mentioned the ineffectiveness of security networks, including the lack of care and monitoring programs for victims of such crimes.

Worrying information
The request for a hearing was made by Deputy VV Race (Psol-PA), Erica Coque (PT-DF) and Maria do Rosario (PT-RS). VV Reis says the data is worrisome. “A survey conducted by the Brazilian Public Security Forum in partnership with UNICEF found that more than 100 children and adolescents are victims of sexual violence every day in the country,” he said. “Para, which includes data from the State Secretariat for My State, Social Assistance, Work, Employment and Income, indicates that in 2020, at least six children and adolescents were sexually abused every day,” he added.

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VV Race will take charge of the ministry to close the national plan

MPs recall that most cases occur within their own families and the number of cases is reported less. She said she would submit a request to the Ministry of Women, Families and Human Rights for information on grants, stagnation in the implementation of the National Plan for the Prevention of Violence against Children and Adolescents and lack of public policy priorities. Fight the problem.

Specific plan
Amanda Ferreira, executive secretary of the ECPAT Brasil Network – a coalition of civil society organizations working to eliminate sexual exploitation of children and adolescents – said a specific plan was needed to tackle the problem. He criticized the inclusion of sexual exploitation in the national plan to prevent violence against children and adolescents announced by the government.

MEP Erica Coke reiterated this criticism. “We must take a stand against this global plan by removing the specific cuts in the national plan to prevent sexual violence against children and adolescents,” he said. He added that the plan requires activities, deadlines and measures to hold the manager accountable for its implementation.

The government had no deputies in the debate aired by the Human Rights and Minorities Commission.

Elaine Menke / House of Representatives

Dani Sanchez: The Internet normalizes sexual violence by evaluating sugar daddies

Itamar Gonsalves, from the Coalition for the Elimination of Violence against Children and Adolescents, also called for public policy to address the problem, especially prevention and resources. He also pointed out the need to integrate the various services of the security network so that victims are not harmed while condemning violence. “In Brazil, the laws are developed, but we are terrible in enforcing them,” he said.

Dani Sanchez, a member of the Street Boys and Girls national movement, noted that teachers today cannot talk about sex and gender in school, setting a precedent for sexual violence to be misunderstood and silenced. He added that on the Internet, statistics such as “Sugar Daddy” and “Sugar Mummy” have normalized the sexual exploitation of children and adolescents, making the problem more difficult to deal with. And he stressed that the biggest victims of sexual violence are people in the perimeter and black people.

Fernanda Brito Pereira, a labor prosecutor at the Public Ministry of Labor, emphasized that sexual exploitation is one of the worst forms of child labor and that it causes other problems, such as sexually transmitted diseases, early pregnancy, social stigma and psychological effects.

Report – Lara Haje
Marcelo Olivera

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