Outrage over sexual abuse of a minor by students at school

Asunción.- The case of a six-year-old boy allegedly abused in a school in Asunción, apparently by higher-grade students, shocked Paraguay this Friday, where three employees of the private institution were ordered to be arrested.

The minor’s mother denounced to the press that her son would have been the victim of the attack on April 26 in the bathroom of a school based in the city of Lambaré, neighboring Asunción.

The woman, whose identity was not revealed in response to the child protection law, reported that a day later she alerted the school principal about the incident and that, not seeing that it was reported to the authorities, she decided to go to the Prosecutor’s Office. .

“Here they want to cover the sun with a finger,” complained the affected, and said that “three to four” students could be involved.

“In my conscience it will not be that this happens to another child,” she added distressed.

The woman’s statement caused stupor in the country and mobilized parents of children enrolled in the school, whose headquarters was raided by the Public Ministry.

Prosecutor Myriam Rodríguez told journalists that the preventive detention of the director and two teachers was ordered for alleged violation of the duty of care and obstruction of criminal prosecution.

In this regard, the Minister for Children and Adolescents, Teresa Martínez, regretted that the “adequate and preventive” measures were not taken in time, indicating that the mother of the affected minor had already reported a situation of harassment by adolescents.

The official explained to local media that in Paraguay children are “unimputable” until they are 13 years old.

From the age of 14, they can be considered “criminally responsible” and face a prison sentence of a maximum of eight years in cases of crimes and four for crimes.

The executive director of the Coordinator for the Rights of Children and Adolescents (CDIA), Aníbal Cabrera, told Efe that “when all the parts of a system fail, there are always short circuits where the victims are left exposed and defenseless.”

According to figures from the Public Ministry, between January and March last, 662 cases of sexual abuse of children and adolescents were reported, compared to 691 reported in the same period of 2021.

A small group of people gathered on Friday afternoon in Asunción with green balloons and lighted candles as a sign of repudiation.

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Outrage over sexual abuse of a minor by students at school