Federation of Associations for the Prevention of Child Abuse (FAPMI) has warned of an “alarming and invisible” increase in cases of violence against children and adolescents. Specifically, the Federation indicates that the consultations it has received related to cases of violence against children and adolescents have increased by 18% so far in 2021 compared to the total of the previous year.
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Citizen Orientation and Information Service (SOIC) of FAPMI, during this fiscal year, consultations for physical abuse and psychological violence have been the most frequent. Faced with this “alarming” situation, FAPMI organized last November the Conference ‘The story changes if you tell it. State presentation of the campaign to prevent violence against children and adolescents’, to which Ep.
Violeta Assiego, the director general of the Rights of Children and Adolescents, Ministry of Social Rights and the 2030 Agenda, expressed her concern about a prevention that “does not finish materializing” and emphasized the need for “cooperation, coordination and communication” .
In the opinion of the General Director of Evaluation and Territorial Cooperation of the Ministry of Education and Territorial Cooperation, María Dolores López, “Violent people often benefit from their invisibility and silence”. In addition, he mentioned the importance of the implementation of the figure of the welfare and protection coordinator, and appealed to “The co-responsibility of the entire educational community” for the location of vulnerable cases.
For his part, the director of the Platform for Children, Ricardo Ibarra, warned that this is an “unknown and much more serious” issue than is believed and that a “broad public debate is necessary for social awareness”. that, for example, only in complaints against sexual freedom, “those of boys and girls account for 50% of these.”
As explained by the professor of victimology at the University of Barcelona, GReVIA Group, Noemí Pereda, in Spain, one of the countries with the most epidemiological studies on violence against children, “More than 80% of boys and girls in the general population have been exposed to some form of violence throughout their lives”.
Pereda, who participated in a study in which boys and girls aged 12 to 17 were directly interviewed about their experiences of violence in Catalonia, the Valencian Community and the Basque Country, remarked that, although one in four Spanish minors reported bad Physical and emotional treatment, or negligent behavior on the part of their parents or main caregivers, of the cases of violence they suffer, “90% were not reported during childhood.”
Finally, the general coordinator of FAPMI-ECPAT Spain, Alejandra Pascual, insisted that “they are not just figures” and “Behind each case, there is a boy or girl and a family that suffers, a lot”. Even so, he assured that the figures are “welcome” to show the magnitude of the problem, since violence against children is a “true pandemic.”