One in five children in Greece falls victim of some form of harassment: survey

Source: Xinhua| 2019-02-25 23:33:57|Editor: yan
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ATHENS, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- One in five children in Greece falls victim to some form of harassment, according to a survey presented at a forensics seminar here, Greek national news agency AMNA reported on Monday.

Most abusers are male aged 30 years or above, who in 70-90 percent of the cases belong to the family's circle of friends and family and are individuals considered "above suspicion", experts said during the event organized by the Hellenic Society of Forensic Medicine and Piraeus Forensic Service.

There is an increase in the number of cases involving physical and sexual harassment of minors recorded in Greece, as well as the number of such cases reported to authorities, as both parents and children are better informed and more aware of these issues, they said.

"In the past ten years, especially during the years of the economic crisis, an increase in child abuse has been recorded," Head of Piraeus Forensic Service, Ilias Bogiokas, told the seminar.

On her part, Greek police officer and psychologist, Konstantina Kostakou, noted that the majority of the victims examined by the Hellenic Police division for minors, were female (79 percent), and 76 percent are of Greek nationality.