Tuesday, July 21, 2015

PNP-Albay chief urges parents to fight sexual abuse
By Mike de la Rama

LEGAZPI CITY, July 20 (PNA) – Albay Provincial Police director Marlo S. Meneses has urged parents to help fight domestic gender-based violence (GBV) and sexual abuse.

Speaking at the Team Albay Countryside Development Caravan (TACDEC) held in Barangay San Ramon, Daraga town, Meneses said that incestuous cases in this province are still rampant but only a few cases were filed in court.

“Parents should secure their children, especially females, by having their separate rooms in order to prevent possible domestic sexual abuse,” he said.

The most common perpetrators of sexual abuse are relatives.

“Some perpetrators are fathers and, sometimes, brothers,” the police official noted.

Gender-based violence occurs inside the family or within the community, according to Meneses, adding, “Parents should protect their children from sexual and gender-based violence.”

“To avoid such incidence, a separate room should be provided to female children. Gender equality and sensitivity must properly observe,” he said.

Albay, provincial police chief said, has the highest number of incestuous cases in the region.

“We encouraged you to report incidents of GBV or sexual abuse to your barangay officials or police officers,” he urged his listeners.

Meneses stressed that cooperation between barangay officials and parents can eradicate sexual abuse and domestic violence.

He also said the PNP is always of service to the public, however, he said, the cooperation of barangay officials and parents are more important to penalize perpetrators.(PNA) CTB/FGS/MDR/CBD