Việt Nam launches book to prevent child abuse


Update: May, 23/2017 – 17:00

Swedish Ambassador Pereric Högberg gives a speech at the handbook launching ceremony. — VNS Photo Thu Trang

HÀ NỘI — A handbook titled “Respect! My Body!”, a guide for adults and teachers to talk to children about body boundaries and sexual abuse, was launched on Tuesday in Hà Nội.

The event was organised jointly by the Swedish Embassy, Save the Children in Việt Nam and Việt Nam Programme for Internet and Society.

Released by Save the Children Sweden as part of an integrated child sexual abuse campaign, the handbook offers advice and tips to adults, especially parents, on how to teach children of different ages to protect themselves from sexual abuse and how to speak openly about sexuality, private body parts, safe and unsafe touching, and what is and is not permissible when adults touch children.

The handbook is already available in Swedish, English, Spanish and Arabic, and now, for the first time, it has been translated into Vietnamese.

The handbook titled “Respect! My Body!”, a guide for adults and teachers to talk to children about body boundaries and sexual abuse. — VNS Photo Thu Trang

Speaking at the launch, Swedish Ambassador Pereric Högberg explained the aim of the handbook, saying “In Việt Nam, like elsewhere, parents may feel confident dealing with concrete issues such as teaching children the values of right and wrong, but what happens when they want to talk to young children about their own bodies, sexuality and boundaries? How do they go about teaching children at an early age that their body is their own and that no one can touch it without permission, and how to respond if they feel threatened or uncomfortable?”

Högberg emphasised “Investing in children and protecting children against violence, exploitation and abuse is one of the priorities of the Swedish government. Making the rights of the child a reality for every child is at the heart of our work. Sexual violence and abuse against children are unacceptable in all settings and situations in Sweden, Việt Nam and elsewhere.”

Speaking at the event, Đặng Hoa Nam, director of the Department of Child Care and Protection under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, said Việt Nam is the first country in the Asia and the second country in the world that ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Childs (CRC) in the early 1990s. The implementation of the CRC was formalised under the Law on Child Protection, Care and Education (LCPCE), which was approved by the National Assembly in 1991.

The handbook is a useful tool for teachers and parents in protecting their children against sexual abuse, and has long-term value in the context of child sexual abuse being a serious problem in the country, Nam said. — VNS


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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development ( I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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