Rapes in schools: China has a lesson for India
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Author:  Bernard [ Tue Sep 24, 2013 6:27 pm ]
Post subject:  Rapes in schools: China has a lesson for India

The 2012 bus rape wasn't the only incident that caused public outrage in India. There were a large number of rapes of young girls in schools also. In an earlier post I mentioned that eighteen elementary schools in Shanghai, China, started a course on self-protection to keep children from falling victim to sexual assault. This week, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Public Security and other official organizations in China jointly issued guidelines on the prevention of sexual assaults against children:
The guidelines said campaigns must be launched to educate parents on how to protect their children, to raise awareness among children, and to tell victims how to seek help.

Dormitories must be strictly managed and there must be patrols on the campuses, the authorities said.

School principals, teachers and support staff must have the required qualifications, and schools must include ethics into training programs for their staff, according to the guidelines.

The CYLC will start awareness campaigns through the 12355 hotline for children, and offer consultations to children by community workers, lawyers and volunteers

The women's federation will promote awareness of sexual assault prevention for girls, especially those girls left behind by their migratory-worker parents.
http://www.china.org.cn/china/2013-09/2 ... 117378.htm

The Guardian newspaper in the UK published an article in May 2013 about child abuse in China.... with a collection of examples:
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/m ... tion-china
The Guardian wrote:
When police in Wanning, Hainan province, arrested a headteacher and an official on charges of molesting six schoolgirls this month, one newspaper claimed the girls had invited the men to come drinking and take hotel rooms with them, adding: "When the public and parents accuse the headmaster and government official, should they reflect on the lifestyle of those girls and their previous education?"

Anger at such attitudes, and at the inadequate official response to sexual abuse, prompted activists to protest outside government offices in the city this week.

To put number of cases into context, there are more children under 18-years-old in China than the combined total population of the European Union, the United States and Canada. Fortunately, the One-Child Policy will lead to a decline in under-18 percentage in the near future.

Author:  Bernard [ Thu Oct 24, 2013 10:59 pm ]
Post subject:  China orders severe penalties for child abuse

The next stage in the China government crackdown on child sexual abuse has been announced. The article is worth reading because it shows that careful consideration has been given to children's psychological vulnerabilities during investigations by the police:
http://www.china.org.cn/china/2013-10/2 ... 395469.htm

It's a pity the Vatican didn't take the same hard line after the scandal of abuse by pedophile priests erupted in the 1990's. By the way, China has received an evaluation of its third periodic report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child just a few weeks ago. China is diligent in abiding by the Convention's procedures, unlike other countries which ratified the CRC but stopped sending periodic reports to the UN Committee.... such as the Holy See (Vatican) and Canada.

In an earlier post titled Children in China - rich & poor I mentioned that a young schoolgirl reporter from "Chinese Teenagers News", Sun Luyuan, attracted public attention after she asked Minister of Education a question about the quality of school food in less-developed regions. A few weeks ago the Ministry of Education revealed that the central government has allocated more than 13 billion U.S. dollars since 2011 to improve nutrition among rural students:
http://www.china.org.cn/china/2013-10/1 ... 330157.htm

PS: Ooops! ... I missed out a word in my previous post (above):
"combined total population of the European Union, the United States and Canada"
Should be:
"combined total CHILD population of the European Union, the United States and Canada"

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