Child Sexual Abuse Rampant and Untreated in
Child sexual abuse continues to be “disturbingly common” in
In interviews with more than 100 people, including victims and their families, lawyers, counselors and police officials, the rights group found that the police, government officials and doctors were unprepared to deal with child sexual abuse cases, and in fact often made the situation worse.
“Children are sexually abused by relatives at home, by people in their neighborhoods, at school, and in residential facilities for orphans and other at-risk children,” the report said. Most cases go unreported, and when children do report abuse, the government and police reaction is inadequate, the report said.
“The process is so traumatic that in some cases the children are better off not reporting” abuse, Meenakshi Ganguly, the director of Human Rights Watch in
Child sexual abuse happens everywhere, Ms. Ganguly said, but in
Sources: Article by Heather Timmons
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