The Ministry of Labour Invalids and Social Affairs is planning a national hotline providing legal consultation and assistance service to victims of sexual abuse and violence in Vietnam shortly. Dang Hoa Nam, director of the ministry’s Department of Child Care and Protection, is working with the Ministry of Information and Communications on an easy-to-remember number. They also plan to help agencies to investigate and amend legal regulations regarding forensic examination and prosecution.

A new judicial process and regulation calling for support of all cost for psychological and physical treatment, and a plan to rehabilitate victims of sexual abuse will take effect in a government decree this July. Every commune will have to employ one person specialize in child care, protection, and prevention against sexual abuse and violence.

The number of sexual abuse cases in Vietnam remains high with around 1,000 childs sexual abuse cases occurring every year in the country, according to the Ministry of Public Security and UNICEF.



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