STOP CHILD ABUSE
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Before I start my petition, first of all what is child abuse? Child abuse or child maltreatment is physical, sexual, or psychological maltreatment or neglect of a child or children, especially by a parent or other caregiver. Child abuse may include any act or failure to act by a parent or other caregiver that results in actual or potential harm to a child, and can occur in a child's home, or in the organizations, schools or communities the child interacts with.
As many as 2,147 cases of child abuse were reported to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the first quarter of this year, more than one–fourth of which was of a sexual nature.
The figure was nearly half of the total 4,374 child abuse cases reported in the entire year of 2015, according to the Policy Development and Planning Bureau of the DSWD.
In a statement last week, Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo called for greater vigilance among the public to protect the children in the face of the growing number of child abuse cases in the country.
In the first three months of 2016, most of the children were victims of sexual abuse, with 539 cases; followed by neglect, with 514 cases; abandonment, with 487 cases; sexual exploitation, 233 cases, and trafficking, 214 cases.
There were 83 cases of physical abuse and maltreatment, 47 cases of illegal recruitment, and 13 cases of child labor, the DSWD said.
Child sexual abuse involves not only violent sexual assault, but other sexual activities, including inappropriate touching, while child sexual exploitation involves some form of remuneration where the perpetrator benefits, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency.
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