Many adults and children across Southeast Asia in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam have a limited understanding of the risks of sexual abuse, a new report has revealed. Wednesday by Project Childhood Prevention Pillar with funding from the Australian government and support from World Vision. … [Read more...] about Many parents in Southeast Asia unaware of new child sexual abuse forms
An Australian commission is hearing allegations of the physical and sexual abuse of boys in the care of the Salvation Army over several decades. The shocking treatment at some of the organization's boys homes included rape, beatings, locking boys in cages and, in one case, forcing a boy to eat his own vomit, the commission was told Tuesday. The public hearings, taking place in Sydney, are part of a wide-ranging investigation into how Australian institutions responded to cases of child sexual abuse. The current phase is focusing on the Salvation Army's response to abuse that took place in four of its boys homes in the states of Queensland and New South Wales in the 1960s and '70s. 'The greatest failure' The Salvation Army isn't denying the abuse, which came to light previously. It has apologized, admitting that hundreds of boys suffered in its care. "This hearing will bring to light the greatest failure in the history of the Salvation Army in Australia," the group's counsel, Kate … [Read more...] about Australian panel told of sexual abuse of boys at Salvation Army homes
Young girls working as street vendors are the most vulnerable to sexual abuse due to their innocence, lack of knowledge, and habit of talking to potentially dangerous male customers. The risk increases at night, when men go out to eat and drink after work. The long dark alleys characteristic of Saigon are considered "full of risks," but contain the most potential clients for street vendors. Cases of abuse At 10:00pm on a weekend, Ngoc—a young girl aged 11—wandered the alleys of district 5, the epicenter of blue-collar workers in the city, to sell lottery tickets. The alleys are dimly lit with yellow electric lights. A group of three men chatting in front of a house in the alley waved to call her over. While she held out a wad of lottery tickets to one of the men, another man gently rubbed Ngoc's hand and pulled her close to him. She struggled violently in fear and escaped him. However, Ngoc returned to the alley the following day simply because she knew there … [Read more...] about Child street vendors are victims of sexual abuse in Vietnam
Pope Benedict apologized on Saturday for sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in Australia, saying those responsible should be brought to justice. "I am deeply sorry for the pain and suffering the victims have endured," the pontiff said in a homily in Sydney. "These misdeeds, which constitute so grave a betrayal of trust, deserve unequivocal condemnation," he said. "Those responsible for these evils must be brought to justice." The comments are believed to be the first time the pope has specifically apologized for sexual abuse by clergy and state clearly that abusers should be brought to justice. The pope confronted sexual abuse in the Church in the United States during a visit to Washington in April, meeting victims and vowing to keep pedophiles out of the priesthood. But the pope's words in Australia were stronger than those he used in the United States, where the biggest of the scandals broke in 2002 and where Boston's Cardinal Bernard Law resigned in disgrace that … [Read more...] about Pope apologizes for Church sexual abuse
VietNamNet Bridge - The local media has recently reported a lot of child sexual abuse, causing worry among parents. Parents may panic and seek ways to protect their children from falling into the trap of sexual abuse crime, but they seem to pay no attention to finding the cause of rape cases. Do not understand and taking liberties with the laws Among a series of rape cases reported by the media, most of them were related to children and adolescents. The criminals are diverse, at various ages, from young to old people. In many cases, the perpetrators are acquaintances or have blood relationship with the victim. However, when the cases were discovered and brought to public trial, many criminals admitted that they did not know or understand the law. For this reason, defendant Nguyen Quoc Thi, 22, Hanoi, cried in the court after he was sentenced to nine years in prison on charges of raping his "child" girlfriend. According to lawyer Nguyen Duc Hau, head of the Hung Vuong Law … [Read more...] about Why is child sexual abuse on the rise?