Hundreds of kids suffered incest in '07

Welfare Ministry report shows one in 7 women, one in 11 men suffer sexual assault by a family member.

Herzog 224.88 (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [file])
Herzog 224.88
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [file])
Over 400 children beneath the age of 14 admitted in 2007 to being victims of incest, a report by the Ministry of Welfare and Social Services released Thursday revealed. According to assessments presented in the new report, one in every seven women and one in every 11 men would be victims of sexual assault by a family member at some point in their lives. The report also stated that in all, 1,637 children admitted to being sexually assaulted throughout the previous year. Welfare and Social Services Minister Isaac Herzog said "the terrible repercussions of incest create child victims in a state of existential danger and emotional terrorism, which lead to the disruption of [their] proper development." "I call on the public to show sensitivity and awareness and to notify welfare services on any suspicion relating to this grave phenomenon," he said. According to Army Radio the ministry recently launched a NIS 10 million program to care for children who fell victim to sexual assault, operating in 12 centers spread across the country. In addition, the ministry is providing treatment via welfare departments in local municipalities.