Ten times more calls for abuse among young people

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

Confined to the house, ten times more teens in distress have contacted Such-Young people to disclose sexual or physical abuse that they may have been victims to the same period last year.

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

In Youth I listen to, conversations via text message about the physical abuse have also increased by 31 % since the beginning of the confinement in Quebec.

“Of disclosures such as these, it is alarming… But it is good news that young people can talk about it,” says the coordinator for the development of the contents of Tel-Jeunes, Myriam Day Asselin.

Far away eyes

This significant increase in disclosures of child abuse and sexual violence among adolescents can 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 would have been able to provide support, to serve as a confidant 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 Qu├ębec.

The chicken or the egg?

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

It is a delicate question to which the available data do not allow to respond, according to the lead researcher Karine Barrel.

On the one hand, violence may have actually increased, 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 requests for assistance-formal, which took place in a school context may have been routed to telephone help lines Such as tel-Jeunes, a Youth I listen to, or 1888 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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