Hotline records 488 child abuse cases in 2017

THE Kean Gabriel Hotline of the Davao City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO) recorded 488 child abuse cases from January to December in 2017.

Of these, 238 involved physical abuse, 44 sexual abuse, 55 neglect, two child labor, four drug/violence related, 23 child custody and 122 other cases.

The youngest victim accommodated by the Kean Gabriel Hotline in 2017 was in the 0-5 bracket, while the oldest was in the group of 19 years old above.

Of the 488 victims, 236 are male and 252 female.

Through the Kean Gabriel Hotline, 87 male and 75 female children were rescued.

There were 46 male and 45 female children referred to an institution while other cases were referred to counseling/advice.

The 24/7 hotline was activated in 2016 to document and rescue victims of violence against children in memory of a boy allegedly abused by his stepfather.
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