Charge: Teens taking a stand against Child Sexual Abuse 2003.
; Sarah Chen (Nov 3, 2003)
Children are meant to be cherished and treasured. But for as long as we can remember, they have been beaten, sodomised, sexually abused and even killed. What causes supposedly grown-up individuals to behave in such a manner? What are we, the society doing about it?
has always shown great concern towards the issues happening around the globe,
especially those of which revolve around the lives of children. Hence, child
sexual abuse was not one to be neglected. Still a taboo in today’s modern
society, child sexual abuse is one of the most rampant problems faced. Without
taking into account race, religion or even social status, this social scourge
has been shattering the innocence of Malaysian children.
and determined, the Young Achiever’s Club decided to take a firm stand against
child sexual abuse. As such, an alliance with the Malaysian Coalition for Prevention
of Child Sexual Abuse was formed to spearhead efforts to raise awareness of
this distressing issue.
a continuation to earlier efforts with MCPCSA (CSAAW 2002, CSAAGN), the annual
Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Campaign 2003 was launched at Sri Cempaka Cheras
School on the 11th and 12th of July. CSAAW 2003 took on
a different angle, as this time around, teenagers were the main focus. The theme
“Teens Take Charge”, aimed to encourage individuals to be responsible of what
happens to them, to be in control and react effectively.
more quality was seen as compared to quantity of participation, with much media
coverage and press releases, awareness was spread successfully. A weeklong
campaign, which involved distribution of pamphlets, series of seminars, talks
and forums within the Klang Valley, allowed the youth of Malaysia a channel to
voice their opinions and concerns with regards to this serious matter.
teenagers of the Young Achiever’s Club spoke out strongly and worked hard to
bring a stop to this social scourge. Leading small groups during active
discussions on the issue, geared with much knowledge and experience, conclusions
were made and important values were learnt by all. The right information would
be a building block in the fight against this heinous crime.
CSAAW 2003 brought attention to the sufferings of the abused and offered insights into the reality of the hidden and ruthless abuse endured by innocent children, and offered sound advice on the methods to handle child abuse suspicions, plus a step-by-step instruction on how to deal with this complex issue. Fellow participants were raged by the shocking information they were bombarded with and took a clear firm stand against CSA.
In conclusion, the programs organized proved to be both an enlightening and empowering experience for all involved.
This event has seen teenagers lead the march against Child Sexual Abuse. Teens do care. Teens take charge!