Training on the protection of minors in the Parish of Guaraciaba do Norte, Ceará

In Brazil, on May 18, the “National Day to Fight Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children and Adolescents” is celebrated, established by the country’s legislation, as an achievement in the fight for the Human Rights of Children and Adolescents.

The date remembers a sad episode that occurred in the 70s, when the girl Araceli, just 8 years old, was a victim of sexual abuse and brutally murdered in Vitória, capital of Espírito Santo. This crime shocked the country and served as a warning about the urgent need to confront and prevent the sexual exploitation of children and adolescents.

In this national context and in line with the Church whose priority objective is to protect minors and vulnerable people, the Nossa Senhora dos Prazeres Parish, of Guaraciaba do Norte, Ceará, had the participation of the Guardianship Council (body responsible for guarantee the rights of children and adolescents), the CMDCA (Municipal Council for the Rights of Children and Adolescents) and the CREAS (Reference Center Specialized in Social Assistance) who organized a conference on Friday, June 14, at the Escola da Faith.

Technicians from Equipment and Organs addressed the issue of the fight against sexual abuse and exploitation of children and adolescents simultaneously in three groups, according to the age group: adults, youth and children/adolescents, in an ideal environment for information, clarification and exchange.

We had the presence of people from the different communities, pastoral care, movements and services of the Parish, so the topic was widely discussed as a form of evangelization in civil and ecclesiastical circles.

The team was received by the parish priest, Father Santiago Martínez Lázaro, who thanked the Tutelary Councilors for their presence, companionship and collaboration: Érica Carvalho, Ana Paula and Lucélia Rodrigues; to the President of the CMDCA Eloiso Silva; to the CREAS Coordinator and Technicians: Ana Beatriz, Manuela Carvalho and Raquel Feitoza.