São Filipe, Jun 7 (Inforpress) – The Delegation of the Cabo Verdean Institute of Children and Adolescents (ICCA) on the island of Fogo recorded in the first four months of 2022 a total of 14 cases of sexual abuse of children, resulting in five situations of early pregnancy.
The data were presented on Monday, by ICCA Delegate, Samira Teixeira, at the opening of an open conversation on “sexual violence against children”, which was attended by the Secretary of State for Social Inclusion, Lídia Lima, ICCA’s president Maria do Livramento Silva, and representatives from various entities, local institutions and civil society involved in the fight against sexual violence against children.
Of the 14 cases recorded, the majority involve adolescents aged between 13 and 17 years (12 cases), resulting in five cases of pregnancy, and the other cases in children from zero to three years (one) and from four to six years (one).
In 2021, the ICCA Delegate said that this institution was aware of 52 cases of sexual abuse, of which half of the victims were aged between 13 and 17 years (26), 21 cases in the age group of seven to 12 years and five cases in children aged four to six years.
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