In Chile, concepts such as mistreatment, abuse and violations of children’s rights are inevitably associated with the poorest socioeconomic strata. However, in some of the country’s wealthiest families, where the National Minors’ Service, Sename, is a distant figure, there are minors who also suffer negligence, beatings, and both psychological and sexual abuse that are eventually more difficult to find and intervene. Here, what people might say is an important curb to any report, so it is common to keep silence. Paradoxically enough, it seems that the most privileged are the most vulnerable to this problem.
By Tania Opazo.
May 3, 2019