MOSCOW, August 25 (RAPSI) – Sexual abuse of children by members of the family should be considered an aggravating circumstance, official Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told RIA Novosti in an interview on Monday.
A thorough examination of criminal cases showed that most frequently children are sexually abused by persons whom they personally know and with whom they live in the same flat, Markin said.
In these circumstances the Investigative Committee advocates toughening penalty for sexual assault of children. Notably, abuse of children by members of the family, including parent’s spouse or partner, should be considered an aggravating circumstance, according to Markin.
Moreover, the investigating authority suggests toughening penalty for efforts to cover up crimes against children involving sexual assault.