Networking to curb child abuse


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 06 Nov 2003

PETALING JAYA: The setting up of network groups, especially outside the Klang Valley, is an effective way to check child abuse in the country, said the Women’s Development Collective. 

Since early this year, the non-profit organisation has been running a project called “Protect Our Children – Towards A Safe Community,” a public awareness programme aimed at educating parents, teachers, counsellors and children on child sexual abuse.  

“Through these workshops, we hope to identify interested parties to form their own network groups,” said the project’s co-ordinator Ho Yock Lin. 

She said highlights of the two-day workshop are the definition of child abuse, characteristics of an abuser, how to detect abuse cases and the reporting system. 

The project is organised with the National Unity and Social Development Ministry, and supported by the Japanese International Co-operation Agency and the Malaysian Coalition on the Prevention Against Child Sexual Abuse. 

Workshops have been held in Selangor, Johor, Pahang, Kelantan and Perak. Next year, the Women’s Development Collective plans to carry out the second phase of the project with follow-up visits to the same groups to give in-depth training and support. 

To mark World Day for Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse on Nov 19, the Women’s Development Collective is organising a charity premiere of Walt Disney’s Brother Bear at 10.30am on Nov 9 at MidValley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur. 

The premiere is in aid of the “Protect Our Children” project, which is expected to run for another two years. 

Tickets for the premiere are priced at RM30 and RM50. For details, call 03-7784 4977 or 019-316 5333 (Ho Yock Lin or Shafini).  

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