The month of June will be devoted to a campaign to stop sex abuse and violence against children.

The month, the idea of the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, will feature a publicity drive and cultural and sporting events.

The media will be asked to advise the public to report offenders to authorities.

Forums and training courses will also be held for children during the month.

Every year about 1,000 cases of child sex abuse are reported throughout Vietnam. More than 60 percent of the victims said they had been raped, according to ministry statistics.

Another three to four thousand cases of violence against children are also reported each year - and an average of 100 children die from their injuries, according to the Ministry of Public Security.

Nguyen Hai Huu, Director of the Child Care and Protection Department, said that the difference in living standards and education levels in different areas contributed to the problem.

He said poor families often ignored their children, even when they were victims of sex abuse and maltreatment.

Moreover, pornography was now difficult to control, especially on the internet.

Vijaya Ratnam-Raman, acting chief of the Child Protection Division of UNICEF Vietnam, said that violence, exploitation and abuse impaired a child's ability to learn and to socialise.-VNA