For children and adolescents, the restrictions could mean that abusers "can carry out acts of sexual abuse without friends and family noticing," said Johannes-Wilhelm Rörig.
"It's more important now than ever to not look away, but to act" in the cases of a "strange feeling" or an incident, he said.
Cases of 'endless suffering'
Abusive behavior within the family is often uncovered through schools or clubs, he said. With these institutions closed for the time being due to the coronavirus outbreak, "there could be scenarios in which girls and boys will be abused for an unforeseeable length of time without any prospect of help."
The statistics reveal "endless suffering for children and adolescents due to sexual abuse" in 2019, Rörig said. It is a clear sign that efforts up to now have been marginal and aren't enough, he added.
German child abuse inquiry
If you are in Germany and experiencing violence and need confidential advice, call Hilfetelefon's central helpline in Germany at 08000 116 016 or visit hilfetelefon.de.
kp/rt (AFP, epd)
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