36 cases of sexual abuse of children reported in July

An anti-rape rally held in Male' City on January 24, 2020. (File Photo/Sun/Ahmed Awshan Ilyas)

Gender Ministry announced on Sunday that the authority received and attended to 93 cases of violence against children in July, including 36 cases of sexual abuse of children.

Gender Ministry released its case statistics for July on Sunday evening.

It shows the authority received and attended to 170 cases in July.

93 of the cases involved violence against children, the majority of them involving sexual violence.

While 36 of the cases of violence against children involved sexual abuse of children, 20 cases involved physical violence, 20 involved negligence, seven involved witnessing domestic violence, four involved emotional abuse, two involved exploitation, two involved cyber bullying, and one involved bullying and harassment.

Gender Ministry also attended to 29 cases of gender-based violence or domestic violence in July.

12 cases involved emotional or verbal abuse, 11 involved physical violence, three involved sexual violence, one involved controlling behavior, one involved intimidation, and one involved withholding or damage to property.

Gender Ministry attended to 19 cases involving family issues.

Seven cases involved parenting issues, six cases involved failure to pay child maintenance, five cases involved custody or access issues, and one case involved other issues.

Meanwhile, 11 cases were reported to the Gender Ministry in July involving care and support of the elderly and persons with disabilities.

It included eight cases seeking care and support for persons with disabilities, and three cases seeking care and support for the elderly.

Gender Ministry attended to 10 cases involving self-harm or suicidal behavior in July.

It included six cases involving suicidal behavior, two cases involving self-harm, and two cases involving suicidal thoughts.

Meanwhile, Gender Ministry also attended to three cases involving children in conflict with the law. One of the cases involved physical assault and aggression, and two cases involved other criminal issues.

Three cases involving child behavioral problems were reported in July, including two cases of child runaways.

Gender Ministry also attended to two cases involving violation of child rights in July. It included one case of refusal to grant access to education and one case of denial of birth registration.