Violations of the rights of young people and children increased by 257% in RN – 05/13/2022 – News

The imposition of epidemic conditions and social isolation in Brazil to mitigate the progression of the coronavirus may have masked child and adolescent rights violations throughout 2020. The country has grown by 217.97% across women, families and human rights (MMFDH). At the Rio Grande do Norte, the negative progress was even higher: 257.91%. This percentage is higher than the record of domestic and domestic violence against women, for example. The data was compiled by the Santos Dumont Institute (ISD), and May 18 – National Day for the Prevention of Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children and Adolescents – draws society’s attention to the issue.

Alex Regis

Violations occur when fundamental rights are denied. They range from sexual violence to lack of schooling

Violations occur when the fundamental rights of a citizen are denied. Given that most of the violations occur in the family environment, considering the epidemic and the fact that families will be separated for a long time throughout 2020, it is understood that those who are victims of violence, especially sex, are more vulnerable. In addition to reporting to official agencies, contacting relatives, teachers, and close people who can provide some assistance “, analyst Alexandra Lima, an ISD social worker, while evaluating the numbers, noted the flexibility to return to pre-epidemic routines and report to relatives. It has made it possible to feel safe, as they have found the option to report the case without the presence of the alleged assailants.

The disclosed numbers were collected through links to Dial Human Rights – Dial 100, whose database is the responsibility of the National Human Rights Ombudsman (ONDH / MMFDH), Ministry of Women, Families and Human Rights. According to the ministry, in the first year of the Rio Grande do Norte epidemic, there were 935 complaints of 2,345 child or adolescent rights violations. A report can create multiple violations. In 2021, this number increased: 2,096 complaints and 8,393 violations. Of the total complaints in the year in question, 35.54% were related to sexual violence (physical or mental) against children and adolescents in the Patigua region.

Alexandra Lima noted that sexual violence, in particular, occurs at all stages of life, however, it is more common between the ages of 0-10. “At this stage of life, the child may not realize or realize that he or she is being abused. Identifying and disclosing what is happening is more complicated, mainly because the alleged attackers are trustworthy individuals who have a kind of power over the child that allows secrecy and does not communicate with the family about what is happening. ”, Highlighting the social worker.

He suggested that children should be taught to recognize the symptoms of violence, what kind of attitude constitutes a violation of their own body and that there should be no privacy between them and their parents. “A trusting relationship must be established between children and their carers so that they feel safe and secure in reporting situations that cause fear and pain,” he stressed.

The number of abuses perpetrated by children and adolescents in Rio Grande do Norte is higher than the number recorded in domestic and domestic violence against women and the elderly. MMFDH has recorded 1,234 complaints and 5,713 violations against women in Patigua Municipality throughout 2021. There were 1,635 complaints and 6,948 violations of adult rights. Most of the violence took place at the victims’ own homes and for more than a year until a complaint was lodged, according to the cabinet. Violent work communication with the authorities, in most cases, occurs through a third party or anonymous.

“There was a huge increase in complaints, mainly through the internet. Due to the epidemic we have moved a lot to the virtual environment and as a result a lot more cases have been reported. The Internet has made human rights abuses more visible, “said Manuel Onofrey de Souza Neto, prosecutor for the protection of children and young people in the Rio Grande do Norte.

A recent survey by Fora das Sombras (in English, “Out of the Shadows Index” 2019) by The Economist Intelligence Unit, with the support of Childhood, the OAK Foundation and the Carlson Family Foundation, ranked Brazil 13th (among 60 countries) children and adolescents. To fight against sexual violence.

Despite having so many records, according to research (TIC Kids Online 2018), it is estimated that less than 10% of cases of sexual violence against children and adolescents have been reported to authorities – which could increase the number. Exploited children and adolescents.

Underreporting may also appear in other databases. According to the Ministry of Health, between 2011 and 2017, 70% of the 527,000 people in Brazil annually were raped, on average, children and adolescents. Also, 51% of those abused are between the ages of 1 and 5.

How to report

In 2021, about 48% (9,053) reports of sexual violence against children and adolescents through Dial 100 were anonymous. At any time, calls can be made to the ombudsman’s call center, 24 hours a day, including weekends and holidays.

ONDH has a website, application (Direitos Humanos Brasil), WhatsApp (61-99656-5008) and Telegram (search “Direitoshumanosbrasilbot”), which offer the same qualified listening service. Complaints can also be made through the Know-Know, Know and Protect application for children and adolescents.

When the victim is a child or adolescent, the complaint is forwarded to the parent council and, in cases where the violation constitutes a crime, to the specialized police station, or in the case of non-existence to the general police station, and the public ministry.


See the evolution of the number of allegations of infringement and the number of cases

Brazil – 2020

Complaints: 153,183

Violations: 386,747

Brazil – 2021

Complaints: 308,694

Violations: 1,229,760


Complaint: + 101.51% (there were 155,511 more in absolute number)

Violation: + 217.97% (in absolute numbers it was 843,013 more)

Rio Grande do Norte – 2020

Complaint: 935

Violations: 2,345

Rio Grande do Norte – 2021

Complaints: 2,096

Violations: 8,393


Complaint: + 124% (there were 1,161 more in absolute numbers)

Violation: + 257.91% (in absolute numbers it was 6,048 more)


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