Fear factor

- CSSDO says moms drop child abuse cases of breadwinner dads

Child abuse cases in the city are usually withdrawn primarily due to economic factors, particularly if the perpetrator is the father, an official said.

Gina Molon, the program in-charge of the City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO)’s Child and Youth Welfare Program, said on Thursday that most mothers tend to withdraw cases instead of continuing the fight for justice for their abused children.

The mother, Molon said, drops the case fearing that no one would support the family financially anymore once the perpetrator is put in jail.

Usually, perpetrators of child abuse, including those in rape cases, are fathers who are oftentimes the breadwinners, Molon said.

The CSSDO has assigned social workers in each barangay to monitor family with child abuse cases as one of their ways to strengthen their advocacy in protecting victims.

“We want these cases to somehow be responded with immediate action,” Molon said during the i-Speak Media Forum at City Hall on Thursday.

Psycho-social intervention is offered to the abused children and the parents. This includes capability training program and parenting skills training.

The CSSDO also offers family counseling, financial assistance, food assistance, and educational assistance for the family.

Molon reminded the public to report any form of child abuse to the authorities. (Regina Mae Ronquillo)