Yupela ino inap lo bagarapim ol meri na nau yupela bagarapim ol pikinini tu ah???!!! I hate you all for doing this to poor innocent woman and children, take your sick attitude and please I pray that God strikes you dead. I hope you are punished in the most horrible way.
I hate men who commit atrocious crimes like this and I hope we can introduce a law that expels the cause of this crime, the penis, where is castration when we need it??
Sordid child abuse
MORE children, including toddlers, are falling victim to sexual abuse in Morobe Province, director of Women and Children?s Support Centre Anastasia Wakon has revealed.
Sr Wakon said since the beginning of the year, 247 rape cases have been reported at the clinic.
Many of the reports involved children sexually assaulted, in many cases in their own homes by their fathers.
Sr Wakon said what was extremely disturbing was that these cases were not being reported to authorities immediately.
Cases she cited involved two infants and a 12-year-old girl who were all sexually abused by their fathers. She said one of the infants who was brought to a clinic early this year was a seven-month-old girl from Wau.
She said the girl?s father had started abusing the baby when she was only two months old while her mother was away working as a domestic servant.
She said although the mother was aware of the abuse, she did not report the matter quickly, fearing for her own safety.
The baby suffered repeated abuse and nearly died.
The father had forced his penis into the mouth of the baby on numerous occasions, resulting in her nauseating and vomiting.
?The child had swallowed a lot of semen from the father and would have died if she was not treated,? Sr Wakon said. She said the child was also infected with a sexually transmitted disease.
In the case of another infant, an eight-month-old from Kamkumung in Lae, her father inserted his fingers into her genital, causing her to suffer infections and bleeding. She was also taken to the centre and treated.
The 12-year-old-girl was brought to the centre from Morobe Patrol Post after an attack by her father, who after getting drunk, chased the mother away and raped the daughter. He then sharpened a piece of wood which he pushed into the girl?s private parts, causing severe damage to her genitals.
Sr Wakon said young boys were also being admitted to the centre with complaints of sexual abuse.
?The scenario is frightening. This is a big social problem because the number of adult women who are falling victims isn?t as high as the number of children that are now being sexually abused,? she said.
Sr Wakon said she was angered that in most cases relatives of the victims were resorting to compensation as a means of settlement instead of having the offenders locked behind bars.
?Many of these cases are being taken back to the community where they are being settled by compensation, what guarantee is there that they will not harm these innocent beings again,? she said
?As a medical worker and a mother I feel for these children and I would like to call on all mothers in particular to keep a close eye on their children. Guard and protect them as though they are gold or silver.?
Sr Wakon said with the assistance of Soroptomist International of Lae she has so far conducted four workshops on family violence in the community.
Because of attacks on women and the increase in child abuse, a protest mrch is being planned for Port Moresby on August 26.
Child abuse, an issue that needs attention - Part I
THE popular saying "children are the leaders of tomorrow" is well known the world over. A child that has been trained properly by its parents it will become a productive, useful, purposeful and progressive citizen. As we face an increasing lawlessness in our country, we begin to wonder whether, as parents, we have failed in our duties.
A lot has been said, written and heard over the media about law and order problems in the country, why they happened and offered useful suggestions as to what we should do to reduce the problems so that we all live together in peace and harmony in this, our beautiful country.
I am most thankful to once again receive some useful suggestions, this time from Peter Solo Kinjap, a freelance writer at UPNG on child abuse. Below is what he said.
"Most of the critical challenges we encounter have their origins in family influences and childhood experiences. While we often judge the most critical problems of our nation to be primarily of a political and economic nature, the health of the family and the well being of children in the family are even more fundamental. Child abuse is an issue that needs attention. Even though it is a widely prevalent issue, family, friends, teachers and health professionals overlooked it. One in every five families in PNG does not realise that they affecting their children with abusive treatment.
"A situation analysis of children and women in PNG, carried out in 1987 suggested that while spouse abuse was widespread, children are seldom the victims of assault by parents, as physical chastisement is generally not resorted to as a form of punishment. It added that their fathers might beat adolescence boys and girls for socially non-acceptable behaviour, but societies do not approve of children being hit. However, it can also be urged that in most PNG societies, smacking a child in immediate response to disobedience and misbehaviour, or as a means or warning a child of consequential danger, is regarded as an acceptable part of a child rearing.
"Regardless of the range of culturally acceptable child rearing practices in PNG, it is generally the case within the extended family network in village communities that a child's interests are safeguarded by multiple care givers, who serve to quickly defuse situations in which a parent reacts violently to a child's behaviour. Situations in which familial relationships give rise to patterns of sexual abuse are similarly prevented by the cohesiveness of extended family groups and customary social rules and taboos that define roles and relations.
"Child abuse is described as cruelty or maltreatment to children. It is the act that is perceived as the wilful and unjustifiable infliction of pain and suffering on children. The pain and suffering may come in the form of physical, emotional and mental phenomena. The common forms of child abuse include physical violence or use of physical force on the child or any form of action that leaves the child in fear is considered as abusing the child. Any rough, unpleasant, forceful or violent physical action is regarded as abuse. Smacking or spanking the child is also seen to be literally abusing the child. Statistical evidence proves that about half the cases of child abuse involve physical violence.
"A child deserves his/her basic human rights to be respected at every circumstance and environment in which he/she is part of or new to. At school, the child need not to be insulted, smacked, and offended at any means by both teachers and fellow students. Failure to furnish proper shelter is a problem and the responsibility of providing housing and accommodation is left to the elders including the parents. If at any circumstances the child is not properly housed as others or supposed to be, then this is seen to be abusing the child who has every right to receive a proper shelter and that has to met by parents in one way or the other.
"In PNG there are cases where a child is chased out of the house as a punishment if he/she has not fully met the requirements of the parents' expectations in their roles. I have seen parents chasing away their sons and daughters out of the house as to punish them for not doing the dishes, laundry, looking after younger ones in the house, or other household duties.
"Lack of proper nourishment is child abuse. The parents have the responsibility to feed the child with the balanced meals. In the countries where there is food shortage, children suffer as a result and this problem was the focus of sometime by Unicef. However this is still a problem today.
"In the developing countries where more than a half of the total population lives a simple village-life style, the recommended balanced diet is a problem to both parents and children. The lack of necessities in food intake and untimely food supplies to children is seen as abusing a child. No proper medical treatment is a problem too and so the children are to be treated as fairly and equally as the elite and there is no reason why a child is disadvantaged in receiving medical treatments.
"Medical authorities as well as parents and relatives of the child are to give the required medical attention. Child abuse in terms of no proper medical treatment is one of the increasing events in the developing countries. Lack of proper immunisation is also seen to be abusing the child. Poor sanitation is one of the major causes of diseases among children.
"Insufficient emotional support is a problem from other forms of child abuse, this is of the severely disadvantaged kind that the child in his/her lifetime experiences. Lack of emotional support to extremes is such that drives the child to even commit suicide. Psychological trauma a child lives through is the worst of worse abusive treatments and that can cost life at extreme extends.
"Incest is relatives or family members having sexual relationship. The elders in the family usually, for this matter, knowingly have sexual relationship with especially the younger ones in the family. In most cases, the elders in the family intimidate the younger ones not to report anything that happened, and if they do, they are threatened that they will be severely punished.
"On other occasions where younger ones have the chance to see two of the elders in the family involve in the act of incest may also be threatened not to say anything of what they see. The act of incest is indeed abusing the child. In some parts of the world, parents, relatives and elders in the family practice sexual molestation with children.
"Masturbation with child is also considered highly to be an ill treatment as it associates with emotional and psychological impacts. It can be between a child versus child or child versus an adult".
The above is the first part of this sad story that is among the causes of family breakdowns in our beautiful country. Make sure you get a copy next Thursday for the last article of this serious community issue.