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Social Welfare groups urge public to report child abuse

Social Welfare groups urge public to report child abuse

Taipei, Nov. 6 (CNA) Several social welfare organizations urged the public on Sunday to report instances of child abuse, in light of a recent case in which a three-year-old boy was beaten to death in New Taipei City. The boy, surnamed Wang, was declared dead upon arrival at the Buddhist Tzu Chi General Hospital in Xindian, New Taipei. His face arms, and legs were covered with bruises and he was found to have suffered long-term physical abuse. The fingernails on the child's left hand had been removed, as well as the toenails on his left foot. The Taiwan Fund for Children and Families (TFCF) said its analysis of media reports this year shows that hardly a month passes without a report of a child's death from abuse. The average age of the abused children is usually not more than two years, it said. TFCF deputy executive director Betty Ho said the majority of child abuse cases occur in single-parent or teen parent families, as the parents tend to be under emotional stress due to financial difficulties. It is the responsibility of every citizen to help children grow up in a safe and healthy environment, she said. The level of empathy in a society is a good gauge of its well-being, she said. Executive director of the Child Welfare League Foundation Alicia Wang said that children who die of physical abuse are often victims of long-term violence. She called on the public to pay attention to their neighbors, particularly those who have drinking problems, are unemployed, or whose children cry constantly. Not a single neighbor of the three-year-old toddler had reported suspicion of abuse, she said, adding that the case had highlighted the alienation among neighbors. People who report such cases are protected and guaranteed anonymity under the Children and Youth Welfare Act, she said. (By Lin Szu-yu and Ann Chen)


Updated : 2021-05-12 22:14 GMT+08:00