The Department of Probation and Child Care Services states that over 9000 children islandwide have become vulnerable to various grave situations.
Probations Commissioner Yamuna Perera stated that most of these children are at a high risk of being subjected to sexual abuse.
She added that these children have been identified and necessary measures have been taken for their protection.
The commissioner also added that the number of children being sexually abused and put into probationary care has increased.
She added that most children who have been abused are ignorant of what ha happened to them or how to avoid it.
Speaking further, the commissioner added that investigations have revealed that most young children are abused by close relatives.