Com­mis­sioner for Chil­dren de­plores vi­o­lent and abusive ac­tion against chil­dren

Two ar­rested af­ter drugs found in fridge com­pres­sor

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Two men were ar­rested af­ter drugs were dis­cov­ered in a fridge com­pres­sor in a res­i­dence in Safi, the po­lice said.

Twenty-six sa­chets of white pow­der be­lieved to be co­caine were seized by the po­lice to­gether with other items con­nected with drug traf­fick­ing.

A 33-year-old man from Ham­run and a 35-year-old man from Zur­rieq were ar­rested, with the lat­ter also be­ing found with sa­chets con­tain­ing white pow­der. The Com­mis­sioner for Chil­dren, in her mes­sage on the Euro­pean Day Against Child Sex­ual Vi­o­lence, de­plored any vi­o­lent and abusive ac­tion com­mit­ted against chil­dren.

The state­ment was is­sued in the wake of al­leged sex­ual abuse against a 14-year-old girl at the Ham­run school this week. The case in­volves a teacher and three male stu­dents who have been sus­pended pend­ing the con­clu­sion of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

In her mes­sage, Com­mis­sioner Pauline Miceli also con­demned “with­out reser­va­tion all vi­o­lent sex­ual abuse against chil­dren ir­re­spec­tive of who per­pe­trates it. Let us not for­get that adults par­tic­u­larly those who are en­trusted with the care of chil­dren should be mod­els of val­ues and be­hav­ior that are re­spect­ful of the dig­nity of ev­ery sin­gle child.

“It is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that chil­dren are to be pro­tected not only from sex­ual abuse but also from pre­ma­ture judg­ment. The me­dia, whether it is tra­di­tional me­dia or so­cial me­dia, has a duty to be sen­si­tive to­wards the feel­ings and emo­tions of mi­nors.

“Sex­ual vi­o­lence against chil­dren, which in­cludes im­proper be­hav­iour, should never be tol­er­ated re­gard­less of who en­gages in such be­hav­iour. Chil­dren should from an early age be taught about what kind of be­hav­iour can lead to abuse.

“The Of­fice would like to stress that who­ever is aware of any abuse per­pe­trated against chil­dren and does not report this to the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties is com­plicit in this vi­o­lent act. This is im­por­tant in the light of the fact that many abuses against chil­dren are com­mit­ted by peo­ple within or close to the child’s fam­ily. In many cases, this leads to other peo­ple who know of the abuse hav­ing dilem­mas as to whether they should report. It is im­per­a­tive that we all re­al­ize that the best in­ter­est of the child pre­vails over any other in­ter­est.

“Over the past days the Of­fice has been dis­tribut­ing a copy of Kiko u l-Id, a Coun­cil of Europe pub­li­ca­tion, to all chil­dren in Year 2. This book­let, with an in­sert for par­ents, should help par­ents to teach their chil­dren to dis­tin­guish be­tween ac­cept­able and un­ac­cept­able be­hav­iour.”

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