Fight­ing Child Sex Abuse

Guangzhou Daily Au­gust 18

Beijing Review - - This Week People & Points -

Ac­cord­ing to records of the Supreme Peo­ple’s Court of China, be­tween 2013 and 2016, courts at var­i­ous lev­els across the coun­try re­ceived more than 10,000 child sex­ual as­sault cases.

How­ever, most sex­ual abuse cases hap­pen in pri­vate do­mains, such as at home, which makes it dif­fi­cult for the po­lice to col­lect ev­i­dence.

To de­ter child sex­ual abuse, China’s crim­i­nal law and mi­nors pro­tec­tion law have pre­scribed heavy pun­ish­ments for of­fend­ers. How­ever, to pro­tect chil­dren from sex­ual abuse, the most im­por­tant thing is to pre­vent it from hap­pen­ing in the first place. For ex­am­ple, China may learn from the U.S. ex­am­ple of post­ing of­fend­ers’ per­sonal in­for­ma­tion on­line and re­strain­ing them from ap­proach­ing play­grounds and other places fre­quented by chil­dren.

A re­port­ing sys­tem should also be shored up. Kinder­garten teach­ers and hos­pi­tal doc­tors, if they come across cases of sex­ual abuse, must re­port it im­me­di­ately to the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties or they should be held ac­count­able as well. If the calamity does hap­pen, it’s cru­cial to pre­vent fur­ther dam­age to the child, whose pri­vacy must be pro­tected and whose iden­tity must not be re­vealed to the pub­lic. As more than 70 per­cent of sex­ual abuse cases in­volve chil­dren’s ac­quain­tances, like teach­ers and neigh­bors, par­ents must stay alert to chances of sex­ual as­sault on their chil­dren.

When such at­tacks hap­pen in pub­lic places, every­one has the re­spon­si­bil­ity to save the vic­tims by di­rectly pre­vent­ing the mo­lest­ing or call­ing the po­lice. Adults are sup­posed to pro­tect every child from sex­ual as­sault, be the child their own or oth­ers’.

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