With the scandal continuing with China’s RYB Education, we look at how the U.S. is trying to reduce rates of child abuse.
CGTN’s Toby Muse reports.
How have other countries responded when faced with cases of abuse of children? The U.S. is implementing something called Erin’s Law, which seeks to help children spot and report sexual abuse.
The law is named after Erin Merryn, herself a victim of sexual abuse. She has become a public figure, touring the country pushing for individual states to pass the law.
Erin quotes D2L's figures of 1 in 10 children will be sexually abused. This number does not include peer on peer sexual abuse which is likely to increase the ratio by about one third. That would make it about 1 in 6, which might break down to roughly 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 8 boys. CDC uses the ratios 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys.
This law mandates that schools must have programs that teach children how to recognize if they’re being sexually abused and also how to report such abuse.
Programs must also instruct teachers and parents how to talk to children about sexual abuse and how to spot the telltale signs.
Parents are taught that warning signs a child may be being abused include: mood swings, a child isolating him or herself, nightmares and depression.
The first version of the law was passed in Illinois in 2011. It’s since been enacted in 30 more states. Erin is committed to pushing the law be passed in all 50 states.
You can learn more at: http://www.erinslaw.org/
NEW DELHI: The HRD Ministry is roping in various NGOs and civil society groups to chalk out a strategy for dealing with cases of child sexual abuse at school level, as the increasing number of such cases has set alarm bells ringing in the country.
The move comes following the alleged sexual assault of a four-year old girl in a prominent Delhi school by a classmate.
“There are several rules and guidelines in place but still several cases are reported where children are sexually abused. This issue needs to be tackled beyond the usual good touch-bad touch lessons,” a senior HRD Ministry official said.