Little readiness: Hardly any countries' interest in their own abusive agents

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Berlin (AP) - The Abuse Commissioner of the Federal Government finds in the countries barely hearing for its requirement to establish comparable places.

A survey by the German Press Agency showed little willingness to use their own country commissioner for the protection of children and adolescents from sexual violence. Often reference is made to existing other structures. Only North Rhine-Westphalia and Saxony-Anhalt seriously consider creating such sites.

Hamburg sees no need for such an office, said the spokesman of the social authority, Martin Helfrich, the German press agency. "Hamburg has a well-developed network of counseling centers against sexual violence since the mid-1990s." In Brandenburg, it is said that the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MBJS) is the highest youth protection authority. There the duties of a misunderstanding officer for the areas of education, youth and sport would be performed by several competent persons.

However: The black-yellow state government in North Rhine-Westphalia checks after the serious abuse cases in Lügde and other cities, whether a country representative is needed. NRW Children and Youth Minister Joachim Stamp (FDP) is open to this, said a spokeswoman. And also Saxony-Anhalt's Ministry of Social Affairs can imagine its own abuse officer. Such a representation of interests at the state level is desirable, said the Department of Social Affairs Petra Grimm-Benne (SPD) on request.

In Baden-Württemberg, a special commission is analyzing the existing structures for child protection. It should also submit proposals for its further development. According to the Ministry of Social Affairs, the pros and cons of appointing an abusive officer are also weighed. You are basically open to this.

The Independent Commissioner for Sexual Abuse of the Federal Government had recently increased pressure on the Länder. After appeals had largely gone unheard, Johannes-Wilhelm Rörig wrote in early April, the heads of government of all 16 countries. "After Easter, I reckon with first feedback," he told the dpa. "With regard to the latest police crime statistics and the still huge dimension of sexual violence against children and adolescents, I wish the state governments to be open minded and ready to act accordingly. I really expect that. »

The Saarland Ministry of Social Affairs explained that a dense network of services for victims of sexual abuse at youth welfare offices, victims' associations, the police and various specialized agencies offer sufficient protection, assistance and counseling services. Even in the red-red-green ruled Berlin is an abuse officer, according to the Senate Department for Family currently not an issue. In the city, there are "very qualified prevention and support services," said a spokeswoman for Senator Sandra Scheeres (SPD).

The Ministry of Justice in Lower Saxony refers to the existing "Victim Support Foundation", which maintains victims' aid offices in eleven locations. "Lower Saxony has no interest in giving up these well-developed, decentralized structures in favor of a 'commissioner," said a ministry spokesman. In addition, in response to the abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, a commission was established to prevent such crimes.

The Hessian Ministry of Social Affairs points to numerous funded projects in this area and also sees no need for a central abuse officer. A spokesman for the Ministry of Social Affairs in Schleswig-Holstein has stated that good work structures have been created and developed in recent years for the counseling and care of those affected, for the sensitization and further training of specialists as well as for prevention. A representative of the country is not needed there.

In Bavaria, the number of representatives of the state government by law is limited to seven - the framework is currently exhausted. However, the topic is "dedicated to a high level of attention and sensitivity throughout the state administration," states the Munich newspaper.

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ref: zeit