Commissioner for Children deplores violent and abusive action against children
Two arrested after drugs found in fridge compressor
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.”