|Ministry of Public Security figures show that in the country 3,000-4,000 children suffer from violence every year, with more than 100 killed as a result, while 1,000 are sexually abused. — Photo dantri
HCM CITY (VNS) — Children in HCM City's District 7 exhibited paintings about victims being psychologically, emotionally and sexually abused to call on the community to join hands to prevent violence against children at a forum last Sunday.
The forum, organised by the HCM City Child Welfare Foundation, was meant to enable children themselves to raise their voices against the issue.
It saw experts and relevant authorities answer questions from them about what they should do to protect themselves from violence.
Luong Thi Thuan, chairwoman of the HCM City Child Welfare Foundation, told them that if they were faced with violence, the best thing was to call the hot line of the City Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs' Children Protection Division or contact their local child protection staff.
"They should not keep silent," she added.
According to Nguyen Van Tinh, deputy head of the Children Protection Division, the first rule in protecting children is to teach them self-defence skills and how to recognise violence which also takes other forms like psychological, emotional, and sexual abuse.
Many children faced ill-treatment at the hands of relatives and peers, he said.
According to figures from district authorities, 44 children were sexually abused this year and three others were victims of violence.
In the last three years 344 children were sexually abused.
Ministry of Public Security figures show that in the country 3,000-4,000 children suffer from violence every year, with more than 100 killed as a result, while 1,000 are sexually abused.
Children were also abused at the workplace, Tinh said.
Recently his division fined a private sewing company in Binh Tan District for employing many children as workers, he said. The children had also been made to work more than 40 hours a week
In a salt making village in Can Gio District, child labour was used, he admitted.
Last week he went to Binh Tan District to rescue six children who were begging on the streets after being abandoned by their father. Their mother, who is in custody for selling drugs, had let them work as beggars for hire before being arrested, he said.
In recent times many newborn babies had also been abandoned, he said.
In Cu Chi District alone, 14 newborn babies were abandoned this year, he added. — VNS