Concerned by the rising number of child abuse incidents in the country, the government has taken measures to implement a broad program to control child abuse.
The program will be implemented from the first of next month for a period of three months covering the entire island Commissioner of the Department of Probation and Childcare services Mrs. Yamuna Perera said.
The government will conduct awareness programmes in schools, Dhamma schools and private classes to enlighten the children and the society on the disastrous effects of child abuse on victims and how to recognize the abuses.
According to the Department of Probation and Child Care Services over 90,000 children Island wide have become vulnerable to various abusive situations.
These vulnerable children are at a high risk of being subjected to sexual abuse, the Commissioner noted. The number of children being sexually abused and put into probationary care has increased, she added.
However, these children have been identified and necessary measures have been taken for their protection, the Commissioner added.
Mrs. Perera further said that the distancing of the relations between the parents and the children as well as inappropriate receipt of sexual education have mainly contributed to the escalation of child abuses.
She added that most children who have been abused are ignorant of what has happened to them or how to avoid it.