Recently, I gave two talks on child sexual abuse to eighty CEF children and their parents / grandparents. It is a thorny issue, but the Vietnamese almost never talk about this subject in their normal conversations.
I mainly helped them understand what child sexual abuse is, how this happens and how they can avoid this, and aimed most of it specifically at the children. At the beginning, the children and their parents looked very shy and embarrassed when I was explaining the reason why I was giving this talk. When I told them about real cases and reported the numbers within the last five years, they looked very shocked and upset and started thinking about this much more than before, they then suddenly realized that this could happen to their children.
The most important message I give to the parents who are mainly working all day in the rice fields, forests or factories or away doing a live in house-keeping job, and not with their children much, is that they need to spend more time with their children, to help them feel more secure and safe, and try to be their children’s friend so that their children have enough trust in them to tell them everything that happens to them. It is one of the best ways to help prevent child sexual abuse happening in this society.