Abuse of girls in Italy reported six times daily

International Day of the Girl Child October 11

Abuse of girls in Italy reported six times daily

(ANSA) - Rome, October 10 - An Italian national newswire found it reported an average of six news items per day on the abuse or mistreatment of girls or teenagers in Italy - though hundreds were concentrated on a few, high profile cases. The data emerged in a report delivered to the Italian Premier Mario Monti's office on Wednesday called "Dossier on the condition of Italian minors". The report was put together by ANSA newswire and the children's charity Terre des Hommes for the United Nations' "International Day of the Girl Child" on October 11. The report examined ANSA crime news over an 18-month period - from January 2011 to June 2012. There were 130,000 crime news pieces transmitted over the period. Of these, 3,196 were on girls or teenagers, although hundreds of items were concentrated on just a few, high profile cases. The three crimes that spawned the largest number of new items were Sarah Scazzi (914 items), Yara Gambirasio (413) and Elisa Claps (304). Scazzi was a 15-year-old found strangled in her southern Italian home in August 2010. Gambirasio, 13, vanished on her way home from gymnastics practice in November 2010. Her body was later found in a vacant lot 10 kilometers away. Claps was a 17-year-old who vanished 1993, but whose corpse was discovered 17 years later in the attic of a church in Potenza, in southern Italy. In addition, there were 804 cases of online pedophilia or sexual solicitation of female minors.

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