Teachers and health professionals must report sexual abuse
Attorney General Francisco Dominguez Brito has sent letters to the ministers of Education Carlos Amarante Baret and Public Health Freddy Hidalgo with instructions for schools and medical centers to report teenage pregnancies. He said that a high number of these cases are the result of sexual crimes. Dominguez Brito said that the Code for the Protection of the Rights of Boys, Girls and Teenagers establishes that health, education, psychology, social work and police professionals and officials, both in public and private centers, who are aware of or suspect sexual abuse or rape are obliged to denounce these cases to the competent authority. “The obligation to report is the highest for doctors, teachers, school counselors and principals and any government official who has had contact with the affected child,” he said, as reported in Diario Libre. The AG urged them to be proactive in reporting the pregnancies in the cases of seduction, rape or incest, as soon as they become aware of them. He said that public or private school principals should not penalize, expel or exercise any kind of discriminatory treatment due to the pregnancy. Dominguez Brito stressed that the information received would be treated with confidentiality so as not to create obstacles to the investigations into the case.
As reported, the DR is in fifth place worldwide in teenage pregnancy rates, according to the United Nations Population Fund’s 2013 World Population report. Data indicate that in the country 20-25% of young girls ages 15-19 has been or is pregnant.
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