Situation report – The issues of violence against children, children commercial and sexual abuse have become an urgent social, pedagogical, psychological and legal problem of today’s society. The classical definition of sexual abuse identifies it as a form of violence, when a child is forced to please sexual needs of an adult person. The adult misuses child’s feelings of love, dependency and trust and, therefore, satisfies his needs of power, might and the wish of having somebody obeying him or her. Such acts against a child imperil the whole basis of a child’s life and development as well as the damage it does to the child’s soul. Lithuania and other countries face various difficulties when tackling the problems of child sexual abuse in their efforts to stop the further spread of abuse.
Written by Ruta Pabedinskiené, Chief Specialist, Family and Children Division of the Ministry of Social Security and Labour, Lithuania