Ten times more calls for abuse among young people

Dix fois plus d’appels pour des abus chez les jeunes

Adolescents in distress confined to the home have contacted Such-Young people to disclose sexual assault or physical that they may have been victims, and this, 10 times more than the same period last year.

In may 2019, approximately 70 response to the crisis of the body related to sexual assault or physical.

At the heart of the pandemic, this number is increased to nearly 800 during the month of may 2020, show data provided by the organization.

This significant increase in disclosures of child abuse and sexual violence among adolescents could be explained in part by the lack of a support network that is the school, estimated the researcher, specializing in sexual violence among young people, Karine Barrel.

The next day, the students have lost contact with their friends, their teachers or their school psychologist who might have been able to serve as confidantes or alert the authorities.

“If the family has been take place or negligent, there was no one to see “, summarizes Dr. Christine Grou, president of the Ordre des psychologues du Québec.

The chicken or the egg ?

The confinement period she caused an actual increase in sexual and physical assaults against young people, or only an increase of reports via the lines of listening to them ?

This is a tricky question, to which the available data do not allow to respond, according to the Ms Barrel.

On one side, the violence could well increase, in a context where young people have been confined to their homes and more likely to have been exposed.

On the other, the Direction of youth protection (DYP) note declines reported in several regions that were the opposite of the data of the organization.

Mrs. Baril believes that the requests for assistance-formal, which took place in a school context may have been routed to telephone help lines Such as tel-Jeunes, Youth I’m listening to, or 1 888 CALLS.

The stakeholders of Such a Youth were 30 % more demand than usual since the beginning of the pandemic.

“It shows the importance of this type of organization,” concludes the researcher.

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