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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Thursday, 25 May 2017

The Scourge of Child Sexual Abuse in Bangladesh

Dhaka Tribune 

A nation cannot call itself civilised with so many
child rapes on its conscience

Children are the most vulnerable group of people, and we are failing them badly.

The latest account is horrifying: Another 12-year-old girl was rescued after having suffered unspeakable sexual abuse at the hands of her employer.

It is hard to imagine a more despicable crime — the child was locked up for 17 days and raped repeatedly.

What’s worse is that sexual crimes against children are happening with alarming frequency.

The incident of Rajon, a young boy who was tied to a tree and tortured, though not sexual in nature, shook the nation and created awareness of child abuse, but not enough.

It is time to take a long hard look at endemic child sexual abuse.

Incidences of child rape have steadily increased in the country in the past few months.

And the official numbers don’t even tell a fraction of the whole story.

A nation cannot call itself civilised with so many child rapes on its conscience.

Dhaka, Bangladesh

The fight begins with making sure not a single perpetrator of child sexual abuse walks free — the law should dish out the harshest possible punishment for these individuals.

Secondly, children should be taken out of dangerous situations that make them vulnerable to victimisation, like manual labour or domestic work.

Indeed, this would require extensive changes in our country’s institutions, customs, and economic structure, but it is high time we made those changes.

It is the only way to break the cycle of abuse.

Those are all good ideas but they will only make a small dent in the increasing numbers of children being abused and sexually abused. Pedophiles and opportunistic perverts need to be processed quickly through court systems, but, if Bangladesh is like most countries, most of them will escape prison sentences or even being found guilty.

Successful prosecutions start with the police. Handling a sexually abused child should never be left to an ordinary policeman. Specially trained police women should handle these cases right from the start. 

Courts need to be far more sensitive to the fears and traumas of sexually abused children, and both police and judges need to understand that small children do not make up stuff like sexual abuse.

Children need to be educated about what is safe touch and unsafe touch. They need to be educated on who to tell and how to tell. And, the person they tell has to believe them or they might never speak of it again.