Police on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus are investigating another case of child sexual abuse, spokesman Andreas Angelides told CyBC TV on Friday.
The case was reported via the school that the child attends and Social Welfare.
To protect the victim, Angelides avoided giving the ages and town of the people involved. Police have arrested one person, while a second person who is a minor was placed under the care of Social Welfare. Both are relatives of the victim.
Sounds a lot like incest to me.
The girl was examined by a gynaecologist, a pediatric surgeon and a coroner who confirmed signs of rape.
In June, 2015 came this report:
Limassol, Cyprus police have arrested four-people who are accused of sexually assaulting two girls related to them from 1992 until 2002.
A Paphos couple, 62 and 64, along with their two-grown up sons, aged 36 and 37 have been detained by police on suspicion of assaulting the couple’s nieces.
One of the victim’s now aged 29-years-old has claimed that from the young age of seven she was repeatedly raped by her cousins and uncle in the presence of her auntie. She further alleges that she was forced to watch pornography and sexually assaulted.
Out of the four suspects, the three-men are being held on suspicion of rape.
It is believed that the victims did not come forward to report the crimes before, for fear of being ostracised by the family and ruining the families tight bond.
Limassol police are taking the allegations very seriously and continue to investigate the case.
From 18th Nov. 2015:
The number of sex crimes against children in Cyprus has gone up as Europe marks ‘European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse’.
One in four kids on Cyprus are sexually abused
The rise in the number of sex crimes being perpetrated against children and minors has meanwhile prompted a response from Child Protection Commissioner Leda Koursoumba who has called on the state to do more to protect young victims.
According to the latest government figures, a total of 32 cases of child abuse were reported in 2011, 41 cases were reported in 2012 and 36 cases were reported in 2013. Last year, police investigated 48 cases concerning child sex abuse while a total of 28 cases have been reported since the beginning of 2015 until today.
The same figures showed that while 2011 and 2012 a total of 38 and 54 cases of child pornography were reported, that figure dropped to 23 in 2013 but increased sharply in 2014.
The Cyber Crime Unit of the Police investigated a total of 106 cases while that figure is expected to rise again this year with a total of 100 cases already under investigated since the beginning of 2015 until today.
Figures from the Mental Health Services have showed a total of 42 victims of sexual abuse/harassment (under the age of 17) were examined in 2013 while that figure climbed to 54 the following year.
“Who will give back that lost innocence of the child and who will apologise for the criminal negligence by the state and society for not doing enough to protect those victims?” commented Koursoumba who spoke of the need for the government to look into those figure and take action.
“That is why it is wise for all of us to look into proposals that better safeguard children.”
The objectives of the European Day are to:
raise public awareness of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children, and the need to prevent such acts;
facilitate open discussion on the protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse and help prevent and eliminate the stigmatisation of victims;
promote the ratification and implementation of the Lanzarote Convention- a unique legally-binding instrument that obliges Parties to criminalise all forms of sexual abuse of children and spells out the ways to fight it.
Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou meanwhile has pointed out that within efforts to protect children and combat sexual exploitation and sexual abuse, Cyprus signed the Lanzarote Convention in 2007, which was ratified on February 12, 2015, and participates in the Council of Europe campaign “One the Five. ”
Furthermore, in July 2015 Cyprus passed the Prevention and Suppression of Sexual Abuse and Sexual Exploitation of Children and Child Pornography Act, which includes provisions of the Council of Europe Convention for the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, as well as provisions of EU Directive 2011/93.