On the occasion of World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse (November 19th ) ELIZA hosted an event at the PARNASSOS Literary Society, with the purpose of presenting important research findings of the past 5 years regarding the phenomenon of child abuse in Europe and Greece.
According to data presented by Dr. Alexadra Soldatou – Pediatrician – Assistant Professor at the Athens Medical School, Athens General Children’s Hospital “P. & A. Kyriakou” –, children under 3 years of age run the greatest risk of serious injuries, with 70% of deaths resulting from abuse.
Dr. Tinia Apergi – Clinical Psychologist, Professor and Coordinator of the MA Program of Consulting Psychology and Psychotherapy at DEREE – The American College of Greece –, reported that the results for Greece are particularly alarming. Specifically, the latest interBalkan research (2012) showed that Greece ranked first in psychological abuse, while in relation to sexual abuse, data demonstrated that 1 out of 6 to 7 children will have such an experience in his/her life. In addition, a European survey of 2012 increased this percentage to 1 out of 5 children.
Furthermore, Dr. Electra Koutsoukou – Lawyer, Specialized in Children’s Right, Scientific Collaborator at the University of Peloponnese – referred to essential shortcomings in the related legal framework in Greece, as well as to the necessary application of prevention and treatment measures regarding the phenomenon of child abuse, such as the introduction of awareness programs in schools and the training of doctors who are called upon to handle these incidents.
The viewing of Socratis Alafouzos’s prize-winning film ‘ Between Black and White’ which brings child abuse to light but focuses on a possible redemption was an important part of the event.