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Child abuse rise worries police

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The Dumaguete police has expressed concern over increasing reports of child abuse inside the children’s own homes.
Chief Insp. Errol Garchitorena, Dumaguete OIC police chief, said the latest statistics of his office show that 153 children had been victimized in the first five months of this year. His office also recorded a total of 154 youth offenders from January to May 2010. {{more}}

“I am alarmed over the reports of minor and children victims being abused inside their homes. It is ironic because the home is supposed to be the safest place for the minors and children,” Garchitorena said.

To combat this crime, he said the Police will launch an information and education drive in every barangay in Dumaguete City. The program will initially target areas with the most number of squatters or slum areas and housing projects.

He said they want to inform the parents of their responsibilities toward their children. Some of the children who become victims of abuse belong to families whose parents start to work early and come home late.

He also advised the parents not to ignore the complaints of their children especially if it involves something serious.
The program will be launched through the Police Community Relations Office of Dumaguete PNP early next month. (PNA)









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