Remember in 2016, Reuters revealed classified data from the Malaysian police that from January 2012 to July 2016, there were 12, 987 cases of child sexual abuse in Malaysia but only 140 resulted in convictions? Further study discovered that 80% of the offenders were someone the child knew and trusted.
Or that time when Malaysia is said to be the top consumer of online child pornography among all South East Asian countries? Not to forget that last year when we saw paedophiles in full effect thanks to the efforts of Datuk Sri Azalina Othman Said, the team behind Predator In My Phone, and many others? We Malaysians definitely remember all this menace that hit us like bricks.
Though we know it’s a difficult conversation to bring up, it should be known that there’s nothing to lose in protecting our children. In response to all of that, comes along Monster Among Us(MAU) – a youth initiative that aims to combat child sexual abuse in Malaysia through advocacy by providing a platform for community involvement. They are made up of passionate university students and members of the public who are in it to pave safer childhood for our children.
Three of their members are on their way to become certified speakers on this issue. To help them reach certification, MAU is organising three Child Protection workshops for the public to attend on 10, 11, and 16 March for FREE! The workshop will cover topics such as different types of abuse, signs and effects to look out for in children, handling disclosure, and proper reporting procedures. By attending the Child Protection workshop, anyone can become a child advocate and help prevent children sexual abuse within their own means.
Bring a friend or register yourself by clicking here. Note that this event is strictly for 18 years old and older.