Violence against children poses a challenge for every country, and Myanmar is facing the same problems as nations across the world as it works to ensure a safe childhood for its kids.
The words ‘child rape’ are extremely bitter for all societies, and it remains difficult to accept that such abhorrent crimes continue to plague our communities.
We need to take decisive action to eliminate sexual abuse of children, which threatens the future of our country because every child deserves a future.
Children are our legacy. They deserve every opportunity to live full and healthy lives. It’s time to stop sexual violence against our most precious resource.
The increase in the number of child rape cases in Myanmar is threatening the moral and cultural fabric of Myanmar society, and we must punish those who prey on children.
After assuming office, the new government has made efforts to improve the livelihood of people, so they can enjoy basic human rights and live with integrity.
The manner in which children are raised decides their future. The only way to ensure a bright future for children is to provide them a safe environment.
All adults around children, including neighbours, teachers, relatives, and even the people on the streets and public places, have a stake in ensuring the safety of children.
No place is safe when those who abuse or neglect children are not held accountable.
It is said that it takes a village to raise a child. To prevent child abuse, it will take a government, parents, teachers, and residents, all committed to raising children in a safe environment.
To end sexual abuse against children and rehabilitate them, Myanmar has been working with local and foreign organizations.
As the Child Law enforced in 1993 was deemed ineffective, the law was rewritten by the new government, and the new law is expected to be enacted soon.
Child abuse is a crime, and deserves a 20-year jail sentence.
It is our national duty to help our children play and learn in a safe environment, and decisive action must be taken to prevent violence and to punish those who abuse children in cities and far-flung areas.
At the same time, it is important to talk to children about body safety and boundaries of adult behaviour.
We must speak to our children about unwanted or uncomfortable touch, and tell them that they have every right to say ‘No’ to any unwanted advances.
These are sound steps to reduce the risk to children as our society steps up vigilance against adults who commit such horrid crimes.