A Costa Rican lawmaker has called for a national campaign to stem the wave of violence against children. The lawmaker, Lorelly Trejos Salas, said that violence against children creates future violent conduct, increases school dropouts, promotes involvement with organized crime and continues poverty and lack of opportunities.
She said that her fellow lawmakers and the Costa Rican people should join efforts with the various government agencies to eliminate violence against children.
She cited reports of 11 children a day being treated at the hospital Nacional de Niños for injuries due to violence. She said that in 2014 and 2015 there were more than 6,000 such cases and that the number in 2015 exceeded those in 2014.
The lawmaker of the Partido Liberación Nacional said that criminal penalties were just bandaids on the problem.
The biggest problem could be categorized as negligence, she said. And negligence can be attacked with prevention and education, she added.
The national agencies she mentioned include the Consejo Nacional de la Niñez y la Adolescencia and various local committees that supervise the wellbeing and rights of children.