Rabat - 11, 599 cases of sexual violence against minors were reported between 2007 and 2012, says a new study on sexual violence against children in Morocco.
Rabat – 11, 599 cases of sexual violence against minors were reported between 2007 and 2012, says a new study on sexual violence against children in Morocco.
The study, presented this morning at the National Council for Human Rights, revealed that 8,129 minor females have been sexually abused, nearly 70% of the overall number of victims. Meanwhile, the number of males reached 3,470 which represents 30% of the victims of sexual violence against minors in Morocco.
Prepared by UNICEF in partnership with the National Council for Human Rights and “For a Better Future For Our Children” association, the study reported that the children between 15 and 18 are most likely to be sexually abused, followed by the children aged between 12 and 15 and then the children under the age of 12.
In 2011, the study says, there was a remarkable increase in cases of sexual violence against children, mainly in the cities of Meknes (270 cases reported), Fez (270 cases), followed by Agadir (194 cases), Kenitra (192 cases) and Marrakech (190 cases).
The study also revealed that, in most cases, the perpetrators of such horrendous acts were in close relationship with the victims, including neighbors, relatives, employers and teachers.
According to figures released by the Ministry of Justice in 2012, 86% of cases of sexual violence against children were perpetrated by adult males, while the remaining cases were committed by minors against other minors.
In addition, the study quoted data provided by the General Directorate for National Security saying that the places where such acts were committed are different.
For example, the streets come in front with 67% of the reported cases, followed by the households with 16%, schools and educational institutions 8 %, public squares 7, 5% and child protection centers 0, 5%.