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62% of children in DR suffer mistreatment

62% of children aged between one and fourteen experience psychological aggression or physical punishment by their parents or guardians as a method of discipline, reveals Enhogar- MICS 2014 Survey published by the National Statistics Office (ONE).

According to research, 54% of children surveyed said they had suffered psychological aggression, followed by 39% which is subjected to physical punishment, compared to 20% who did not receive violent discipline.

Given this situation, the National Council for Children and Adolescents (Conani) presented the National Road Map for the Prevention and Elimination of Violence against Children and Adolescents in Dominican Republic, 2015-2018 Thursday.

The chief executive of Conani, Kirsys Fernandez, described the document as the broader programmatic commitment available to the State, in response to international agreements on child violence.

“With the Roadmap 2015-2018, now the country has a national strategic framework to not only prevent, but respond to different forms of violence against children, from policies, programs and projects agreed with all stakeholders as part of protection system, ” Fernandez said.

Child labor

Another finding of the survey Enhogar highlights that 12.8% of children between 5 and 17 years old perform some kind of child labor, in violation of Article 40 of Law 136-03 of the Code for the Protection of Children and Teens prohibiting work of persons under fourteen.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) revealing data also highlights: 13% of children aged zero to 17 years do not live with either of their biological parents, while 5% have at least one of their biological parents died, followed by 5.8% in the same age range, which has one of their parents living abroad.

Contraceptive use by women

Another aspect addressed by the Enhogar-MICS 2014 survey has to do with the use of contraceptives by women of childbearing age, the result showed that 69.6% of Dominican between 15 and 49 use some method when of having sex.
The highest percentage (40.7%) of women reported having been subjected to sterilization to avoid pregnancy, followed by the use of birth control pills with 17.8%.
Meanwhile, 30.4% of women of childbearing age surveyed said they did not use any method of family planning to space births or limit the amount of children.
The rate of contraceptive use by married women between 15 and 49 years old is one of the Millennium Development Goals.
In analyzing the sexual behavior of the Dominicans, it was found that 66.0% of youth aged 15 to 24 who have never married or have not had sex, while 15% of young people of that age range have said had sex before 15 years.
The percentage of women aged 15 to 49 who reported having more than one sexual partner in the last twelve months who also reported using a condom the last time they had sex corresponded to 40%.

Source: Detras del Rumor

May 2, 2015

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