The Hanoi police are investigating the reported sexual abuse of a 12-year-old girl by her mother’s boyfriend and frequent violent treatment by her mother.
An uncle of the girl, who lives in Ha Cau Ward in Ha Dong District, reported to the police late last month after finding her covered in injuries.
She has been living with her mother for several years now.
The girl told the police her parents had divorced years ago, and she lived with her mother while her older sister lived with their father.
Her mother got into other relationships and had two more children.
As the oldest, she frequently had to skip school to stay home and look after her younger siblings, and would be beaten by her mother if she did not.
Recently her mother got a new boyfriend who visited their home, sexually abused her often and warned her with threats not to reveal it to anyone.
“He first forced me to do that in May 2020 when I was a fifth grader. If I fought back, he would hit me with an iron rod,” Vietnam Cable Television (VTC) News quoted her as saying.
After months of rape, she finally told her mother only to be battered by her.
“She tied me up and hit me. I begged her to stop but she refused. She said she hit me because I had not told her what had happened sooner.”
One of her uncles accidentally found out the case a month ago and took her home. She has been staying with another uncle ever since, and her father has been informed.
This article was originally published in Vnexpress