Cases when parents abuse their children, get a suspended sentence and keep their parental rights – like those presented by Libertatea newspaper – are numerous in Romania, being a terribly common phenomenon in our country. Most of the times, the offender is the principal source of revenues for the family and that’s why this kind of crimes are hidden, and the members of the families chose not to talk both because they’re afraid or ashamed.
Even when they were found guilty, or admitted the crimes they’re faced, the punishments they received were minimal – two or three years in prison, or even no jail time at all. There are some cases when the offenders were sentenced to community service in centers for children with special needs.
There is the case of a teenager from Onești (Bacău County), who was abused by her father. The parent was convicted for sexual assault and he got 3 years suspended sentence, on 10th of May 2018. For repeated sexual assault on his daughter, the father received nothing else but freedom. `During the period of probation of 4 years, the father will serve an unpaid community work for 120 days in a Center of Social Services from Onești or in the Onești City Hall` decided Roxana Alexandrina Damaschin, the judge who was in charge for this case. Even if there is a restraint order for the father, the fear and the poverty are the reasons because the family must keep communicate or even live in the same house with the abusive father.