Sexual Abuse of Children Increases in Dominican Republic
(Prensa Latina) Reports of sexual abuse of children and adolescents have increased in the Dominican Republic in recent years, said Rosa Encarte, a representative of the United Nations Children''s Fund (UNICEF).

In statements published today in the newspaper El Día, the UNICEF representative said that this increase is the result of the acceptance by the population of this phenomenon as something abnormal.

She also stated that according to the Convention on the Rights of Children, all states have an obligation to ensure the dignity of children and their protection from abuse or rape.

For his part, the president of the Supreme Court of Justice of this nation, Mariano Germán, demanded greater attention on cases related to abuses and crimes against people in vulnerable conditions, which are increasing annually.

He explained that so far in the Dominican Republic the participation and needs of the victims have not been considered in an integral way by the judicial system.

Although the country has made important procedural reforms for victims' rights, the Dominican criminal procedural system is far from guaranteeing a true balance between the parties, the jurist said.

Usually, the victim receives justice with detriment and children do not always see their fundamental rights fulfilled, he said.

He said that the increase in these cases forces authorities to identify as a priority need the installation of specialized interview centers to prevent recidivism on victims, guaranteeing them security, trust and respect for their human rights.
Go back | Date: 12 Oct 2017
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