Sexual assaults constitute 80 percent of child abuse cases, says government

Out of 1,600 cases of child abuse last year, 80 percent involved sexual assault, according to the Ministry of Public Security. In a report the ministry filed at a conference Thursday, it said that in 59 percent of child sexual abuse cases reported to the national hotline for child protection, the perpetrators were neighbors or acquaintances of the children.

Nguyen Thi Nga, deputy head of the Child Department under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, attributed the prevalence of child sexual abuse to gender inequality, economic inequality, poverty, and social prejudices related to violence and abuse.

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