Everyday thousands of children are being sexually abused. You can stop the abuse of at least one child by simply praying. You can possibly stop the abuse of thousands of children by forwarding the link in First Time Visitor? by email, Twitter or Facebook to every Christian you know. Save a child or lots of children!!!! Do Something, please!

3:15 PM prayer in brief:
Pray for God to stop 1 child from being molested today.
Pray for God to stop 1 child molestation happening now.
Pray for God to rescue 1 child from sexual slavery.
Pray for God to save 1 girl from genital circumcision.
Pray for God to stop 1 girl from becoming a child-bride.
If you have the faith pray for 100 children rather than one.
Give Thanks. There is more to this prayer here

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Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Chinese Documentary ‘Hooligan Sparrow’ Makes Oscar Shortlist But Banned in China

By Sixth Tone
Feature-length film sheds light on rape case of six primary school-age children.

Hooligan Sparrow has been included on the shortlist of 15 titles for Best Documentary Feature at next year’s Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday. The 84-minute documentary recorded the protests against child sexual abuse at a primary school in China’s southern island province of Hainan.

Since the documentary’s premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, the film has earned its young director Wang Nanfu various honors and awards. But it has not been shown in Chinese cinemas, nor can it be viewed online on Chinese mainland video sites, though it is widely available in other parts of the world on streaming site Netflix.

The documentary follows controversial feminist activist Ye Haiyan, who calls herself “Hooligan Sparrow,” as she and fellow activists launch protests against a school principal and a local government official who took six primary school-age girls to hotels and raped them. A picture of Ye holding a banner saying “Principal, get a room with me and leave the kids alone” went viral online after one protest in 2013.

Ye had previously become known for her work advocating for sex workers’ rights and legalized prostitution.

Child rape victims - prostitutes

The rape case triggered a discussion about how Chinese law treats the sexual abuse of young girls. Before a change in the law in August 2015, a legal loophole allowed rapists of girls under the age of 14 to be convicted of the lesser crime of soliciting an underage prostitute. This meant the accused would get a maximum sentence of 15 years instead of the death penalty — and, implicitly, that the victim would be branded a prostitute.

In June 2013, the principal and the official were convicted of rape and received 13.5 and 11.5 years in jail, respectively.

Ye, who currently lives in Beijing, said she was happy that Wang’s movie is getting recognition abroad, although she feels that the heart of the film is ultimately a domestic problem. “I don’t pay much attention to the response overseas,” she said. “I think the problem reflected in the film is our own problem, one between civil society and government. We can only deal with it and solve it on our own.”

China has made some progress in dealing with child sex abuse, for instance:

In 2014 I wrote: "It is so encouraging to see that China is not keeping a lid on child sex abuse but are talking about it quite openly. Good sign." as the opening to: Child Molestation Cases Raise Alarm for Child Protection in China.

It seems I might have been hasty in that assessment, or, perhaps it's the protest element of the documentary that caused Beijing to ban it. But it looks like China is not ready to deal with the fact that people are inherently evil and some are capable of horrific things. And, as usual, it is children who pay the price for man's evil.

I applaud the steps China has taken to address child sex abuse, but so much more needs to be done including not hiding the worst of it. Children have no voice, so please don't shut down the few adults willing to speak for them. 

God bless you Ye Haiyan; you are a hero.