CHR warns vs abuse of kids by relatives

CHR warns vs abuse of kids by relatives

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Monday warned Filipinos on sexual abuse and violence of children involving family members, relatives and acquaintances.

A series of child abuse cases was recorded by the CHR in some areas in the country, including one in Mabalacat City, Pampanga.

The CHR disclosed that on April 11, a couple was arrested for the rape and online sex trafficking of a six-year-old child in Mabalacat City.

The swift action of authorities resulted to

the tracking of the suspects' location after their client was arrested by foreign counterparts in Australia.

"Upon inspecting their gadgets, it was discovered that the couple had been abusing their child for almost a year, and had committed the same offense against other children who are yet to be identified. Nothing can justify rape and any form of sexual abuse against children. Regardless of motive and substance or alcohol influence, a person should be held fully liable for harming and abusing another human being,” the CHR said.

Other cases recorded by the CHR included the death at a hospital of a seven-year-old girl found injured on a riverbank in Barangay Casbuco, Trece Martires, Cavite on April 7.

A suspect was identified by bystanders as the victim’s godfather was involved in the case.

Another is the death of a 10-year-old girl discovered near a banana grove after allegedly being molested by a relative who authorities said allegedly confessed to sexually abusing the victim and leaving behind her corpse on April 9 in Davao City.

The last case is the rape on April 9 of a three-year-old girl allegedly by her grandfather inside their house in Sto. Tomas, Batangas.

“These are gross violations against Republic Act No. 7610 or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act, and several international human rights instruments, primarily the Convention on the Rights of the Child,” the CHR said.

The agency mobilized its regional offices to conduct independent investigations of the cases and seek ways to extend support to the victims' families, while urging families and communities to be vigilant, educated, and aware of signs of sexual abuse and report this immediately to authorities.

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