Stay tuned and report abuse cases against children and adolescents

Article written by Maria Rosas, the federal deputy for Sao Paulo Republicans

Published on 05/02/2022 – 16:06

In May, a nationwide campaign called “Mayo Laranga” was launched to strengthen protection against sexual exploitation of children and adolescents. The act lasted 22 years, when on May 18, 1973, a girl, Araselli Cabrera Crespo, just 8 years old, was drugged, beaten, raped and murdered in Vitoria (ES). Since that date, the month of May has been marked by raising awareness, encouraging activities to prevent and guide the population.

To make access to information easier, the Ministry of Women, Families and Human Rights (MMFDH) has updated the booklet “Sexual Abuse of Children and Adolescents: Approaching Specific Cases from Multidisciplinary and Inter-Institutional Perspectives”. The content contains information on sexual harassment of minors and encourages them to report to “Dial 100”. This and “Ligue 180” are free services for reporting human rights violations and violence against women, respectively. Anyone can complain through the services, which are open 24 hours a day, including Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

According to the booklet, sexual violence against children and adolescents is the fourth leading cause of complaint in Dial 100. The age at which sexual abuse begins is usually between 06 (six) and 12 (twelve) years, but the age at which sexual abuse most often varies between 08 (eight) to 12 (twelve) years. Still, 20% to 35% of sex offenders were sexually abused as children and 50% of them were physically abused combined with emotional abuse. In 2021, the hotline reported 100,974 cases and, most interestingly, the most significant period was May, with 9,723 reports across the country. Probably a factor as to why they’re doing so poorly.

Another fact is that studies indicate that perpetrators of child (adolescent) and sexual abuse are generally of the same ethnic group and socio-economic level. That is, the financial-cultural situation of the family is not a determinant for the occurrence of aggression or not, and this, when practiced by a person close to and loyal to the victim, abuse is not usually an isolated act and may spread. Months and even years.

As a Member of Parliament for the Protection of the Rights of the Child and Adolescents, I believe that “Maio Laranza” is one of the most important information and preventative measures. As stated in the federal constitution, we must protect our children with full priority. And for that, institutions and civil society have to go hand in hand.

With that in mind, I aim for an amendment to the 20-kit acquisition for the Sao Paulo Governing Council, which serves approximately 150,000 children and adolescents. In the Deputy Chamber, I support the fight against violence against children and adolescents and protect the rights of these people. I am the author of PL 5616/2019, which prohibits the promotion of educational materials or cultural productions aimed at children and promotes early sexuality, and the author of PL 6220/2019, which provides free transportation for children listed with disabilities and rare diseases. In the registry. Unique for the federal government’s social programs as a way to ensure the right to health.

Prevention is one of the best ways to deal with the problem and you can collaborate: inform children and adolescents, talk to the school, the family and where you live. Knowing that the problem exists is a form of protection, which can increase attackers’ complaints and accountability.

The role of society as a whole is to protect children and adolescents against any form of violence. If you suspect a situation of abuse or sexual abuse of children and adolescents, report by calling Dial 100 or 180.

Article written by Maria Rosas, the federal deputy for Sao Paulo Republicans

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