Parents, Here’s What You Can Do If Someone Sexual Harasses Your Child At A Theme Park

Source: Malaysian Digest

“Victims must find courage to speak up, lodge complaints and make police reports when sexual harassment occurs. Witnesses especially need to call out, speak out and act when we see harassment taking place. Taking pictures or video of the unacceptable behaviour is one way. Communities need to be more caring and less tolerant when it comes to harassment. Harassment is unacceptable and children, especially need to be protected. We can look out for each other. We can start with not victim-blaming and understanding that it takes courage to call out sexual harassment. With movements like #StopStreetHarrassment, #HandsOff, #MeToo and #TimesUp, I hope that the awareness will give courage for victims to call out the harassment and lodge the necessary report to the authorities.”– Robyn Choi, HAKAM Secretary-General, in advocating for every Malaysian to act together as a community to curb such incidents from recurring, instead of solely depending on the authorities to act on such matters.

Image taken from Malaysian Digest

Malaysian theme parks came under the spotlight recently after Filipino celebrity Ruffa Gutierrez posted an unfortunate account of sexual harassment her two daughters had faced at a local theme park during their holiday here.

Not only was the Gutierrez-family experience embarrassing for our country as the group of men acted like hooligans at a family-friendly establishment, but when the incident became viral, it also captured international headlines that questioned ‘Are Malaysian theme parks safe?’

While the theme park in question have assured the safety of its guests is of utmost priority and relayed they take the matter seriously, the incident has also served as an eye-opener for other parents to keep watch over their children, despite being in a family-friendly environment. Read more

Keeping poor urban kids safe from drug trap

Source: Free Malaysia Today

PETALING JAYA: A child rights NGO has urged the government to set up activity centres in poor urban areas for children to occupy their time safely after school.

According to Scott Wong, the executive director of Suriana Welfare Society, one of the main reasons children of the urban poor become drug abusers is that they are exposed to bad influences at the low-cost flats many of them live in.

“After school, they are unsupervised while their parents are away at work, and they meet up with older teens and others who are involved in drugs,” he told FMT.

“Because of the lack of positive influences, these drug users become the role models to these children.”

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Child sex abuse: Why justice is not served

Source: FMT News

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Madeleine Yong — Pic taken from FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Child victims of sexual abuse often find it difficult to get justice because the legal process is too burdensome, says an organisation combating sexual abuse against children.

Madeleine Yong, founder of Protect and Save the Children, said the law required too much evidence to be presented before a suspect could be prosecuted.

“You need forensic evidence, which is already hard to get, and then you need corroborative evidence too,” she said. “Those are the two things the authorities look for, and it’s often impossible to get both.

“We’ve had so many cases with forensic evidence, and yet they didn’t manage to go through.”

Yong was speaking after a screening of a documentary on paedophilia at PJ Live Arts in Jaya One. Read more

Bauxite mines are now death traps

Source: The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: They dot Kuantan and its outskirts – giant holes at places where bauxite was once mined. With the rainy season, the deep, gaping holes near housing areas and schools have become death traps for unsuspecting children who go there to play.

There are few fences and signages, if any, and these places are a “child magnet”, accor­ding to Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh. What’s worse is: nobody even knows just how many such pools there are in the Kuantan area.

On Friday, three children drowned in one such pool in Taman Sungai Karang Jaya, leading to even the Pahang Regent Tengku Mahkota Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, stepping in.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar has also ordered the Minerals and Geoscience Department – an agency of the ministry – to find out the number of such pools there are. Read more

Creating Safe Spaces for Children

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The rising incidents involving violence against children, especially child sexual abuse can feel overwhelming for adults who are entrusted to protect and care for them. Often, this sense of being overwhelmed exists because of the lack of information about ways to protect our children. Educating and equipping ourselves with the necessary knowledge and skill is the first step towards creating safer environments for children.

This one-day introductory workshop focuses of the prevention of child sexual abuse.

The workshop will begin by providing participants with a space to understand and explore the essence of child rights, especially a child’s right to protection.

Next, participants will learn about what constitutes child sexual abuse.
• Is it just rape?
• Are there other acts that fall within the definition of child sexual abuse?
• Are girls the only ones affected by this? Or are boys vulnerable to abuse as well?

Through this process, participants will also learn about the processes, nuances and dynamics involved in child sexual abuse. Having understood the processes involved when child sexual abuse happens, participants will then briefly explore some useful skills to have in order to be able to help a child who is facing sexual abuse.

• How do you talk to the child?
• What can you do if a child shares that he/she is being sexually abused?
These are some questions that we will try to answer.

As this is an introductory workshop, the sessions will introduce participants to the issue. There will be more areas and information to explore. Anyone who is interested to empower themselves further, can look forward to signing up for a more in depth workshop at a later date upon completion of this session.

Details of the workshop are as below:
Date: 25th June 2016
Time: 9am – 5pm (1 Day Workshop)
Location: The Canvas Group – Damansara Perdana
G6C, Jalan PJU 8/3A, Damansara Perdana,
47820 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

RM60 (waged) / RM40 (unwaged)
Limited spaces available. Open to adults 18 years and above

To register click : http://goo.gl/forms/muU6IRl4OXuttpTW2
For further queries please email us at projeklayanglayang@gmail.com

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Projek Layang-Layang consists of a group of Malaysians from various backgrounds dedicated to empowering adults with the knowledge and skills to create safer spaces for children in order to protect them from child sexual abuse.