Spain proposes law changes to tackle child abuse

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CHILD ABUSE: The government also intends to tighten the rules granting conditional or temporary release. Photo: Shutterstock


THE statute of limitations for cases of physical or sexual abuse of children could be extended in Spain after a draft was law was approved on Friday 28.

Under current Spanish law, the limitations begin at 18, but if the proposed changes to the criminal code are upheld by parliament, they will come into action when a victim turns 30.

For some time, campaigners have argued that it can take years for somebody to digest and report the abuse, meaning that in many cases offenders cannot be prosecuted.

The amendments would affect sexual crimes, physical abuse, human trafficking and attempted murder, as well as include new crimes committed online such as incitement to commit suicide, sexual crimes or encourage eating disorders.

The government also intends to tighten the rules granting conditional or temporary release from prison for offenders serving time for sexual assault against children.

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