500 Assault Cases Involving Children

The President of the Child Protection Centre, Mai Al Dowsari, revealed to the Ministry of Social Development that the number of cases recorded by the centre since its establishment in 2007 has reached 500 cases. This includes cases of ill-treatment through physical, sexual, psychological, emotional assault and grave neglect. This year the Centre recorded 198 cases, 162 involved boys and 36 cases involved girls aged 8-18 years. Some cases involved children who were only several months old.