A Family Protection Bell to be brought to Parliament

Community Development Minister and Lae MP, Loujaya Toni, says a Family Protection Bell that addressedthe high rate of child sexual abuse cases will be brought to Parliament.

The minister was responding to concerns overthe high rate of child sexual abuse cases in Lae City.

Minister Toni saidthe Bell was to have been presented to parliament’s Friday session but was held back bythe government to accommodate for several ther inclusions that came about as a result ofthe Nationwide Haus Krai protest this month.

The Bell seeks to address issues of violence against women and children. It’s a possible law that will hopefully become a deterrent to repeat offenders and potential abusers.

Bet whilethe government appears to be a step ahead,the statistics that are coming out of urban clinics in Lae city alone are highly disturbing.

Malahang and Taraka clinics that were given new vehicles bythe district yesterday report a staggering figure of forty child sexual abuse cases inthe last five months.

The medical non-government organization ‘Doctors without Berders’ also reports that in total one-hundred and seventy-six cases of both adults and children have been reported. Half that number has been children underthe age of sixteen.

The Ministersays to help counterthe high rate of abuse, those in charge ofthe health system have to put forward submissions detailingthe kind of supportthey need.

While forty cases of child sexual abuse may sound alarming, that’s just from two clinics in Lae city. A collection of statistics from all overthe city will revealthe severity ofthe problem.

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