To close the Right Way Week, a series of educative traffic stops will be conducted at BR-381, the road connecting Ipatinga to the city of Governador Valadares. Drivers will be approached and invited to know about the Campaign to Fight Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation. The participants will give away leaflets and cards containing crime report phone numbers so that people may report places where children and adolescents may be sexually exploited. The countrywide Report Number is 100; the city number is (31) 3829-8433.
Abuse at home
A survey by the Brazilian Association of Professionals for Childhood and Adolescence (Abrapia) says that more than 80% of cases of sexual abuse against children and adolescents happen at the victim's homes. And in more than 50% of cases reported, the father or stepfather is the abuser.
Although a large number of victims are girls, there is no evidence that they suffer more abuse than boys. "The problem is that if families are reluctant to report abuse against girls for fear of a scandal or losing the house's breadwinner, in case of abused boys the situation is worse. People are afraid to report abusers since they usually live with the family. We need to help to fight abuse and face the problem of sexual violence against children and adolescents", says the Social Service secretary Leonardo Oliveira.