MALAYSIAN APEC/ASEAN LEAD CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE – TEACHERS NOW SEX PREDATORS?

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‘Do these pencil pushing policymakers in Italian suits ties or bow ties realize of the short-term (up to two years), victims may exhibit regressive behaviors (e.g., thumb-sucking and bed-wetting in younger children), sleep disturbances, eating problems, behavior and/or performance problems at school, and unwillingness to participate in school or social activities.’

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MALAYSIAN APEC/ASEAN LEAD CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE – TEACHERS NOW SEX PREDATORS?

Are you aware that in sunny Florida, USA, teachers who fondle, molest or have sex with students could soon face harsher consequences under bills moving through the Legislature?

I am advised that their State lawmakers are backing legislation that would enhance penalties for authority figures – educators, teachers, coaches, counselors and others — who sexually victimize students.

And under the proposed measure (HB 485), penalties for the crimes would be bumped up a notch.

What do I mean by this?

For example, a lewd and lascivious battery, now a second-degree felony carrying a 15-year prison sentence, would be upgraded to a first-degree felony punishable by 30 years in prison.

A molestation charge classified as a third-degree felony with a five-year prison sentence would become a second-degree felony with a 15-year maximum sentence.

Under their current state law, there are no specific sanctions when the perpetrator is a teacher and the victim is a student!

This is important to address the challenges moving forward where – Parents trust teachers, kids trust teachers and to have these individuals masquerading as educators preying on our children is unbelievable and cannot be allowed to go on!

Basically I fully endorse such a reaction as a society we need to send a strong signal to educators: There are boundaries, and you cannot cross them!

Teachers are there to teach and not use that sacred role to become predators!

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Our children are at school to learn not become the victims of a sex crazed individual!

So forgive me for thinking that our education policy makers are a bunch of idiots and morons for transferring the alleged offender of nine students to another school instead of suspending him with half pay while an inquiry is held!

Or at least place the alleged offender at the District Education Office and not transferred to another school.

I say that the same process be used for those in government service accused of corruption or abuse of power!

But to initiate such a discourse there must be brave good men and women in the system!

And do we still have them?

Everyone is playing so much politics of sucking up asses that the divide of right and wrong of white and black is so distorted these days!

The result – a compromise of sorts and we make it up as we go along because individuals lack the moral fiber, of dignity, decorum and that right is might!

And in this case our kids become the victims?

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Do these pencil pushing policymakers in Italian suits ties or bow ties realize of the short-term (up to two years), victims may exhibit regressive behaviors (e.g., thumb-sucking and bed-wetting in younger children), sleep disturbances, eating problems, behavior and/or performance problems at school, and unwillingness to participate in school or social activities.

And longer-term effects may be wide-ranging, to include anxiety-related, self-destructive behaviors such as alcoholism or drug abuse, anxiety attacks, and insomnia.

Victims may show fear and anxiety in response to people who share characteristics of the abuser, i.e., the same sex as the abuser or similar physical characteristics. Victims may experience difficulties in adult relationships and adult sexual functioning.

Survivors may feel anger at the abuser, at adults who failed to protect them, and at themselves for not having been able to stop the abuse.

Victims may experience traumatic sexualization, or the shaping of their sexuality in “developmentally inappropriate” and “interpersonally dysfunctional” ways.

Victims may feel betrayed and an inability to trust adults because someone they depended on has caused them great harm or failed to protect them!

Victims may feel powerless because the abuse has repeatedly violated their body space and acted against their will through coercion and manipulation!

Abusers may cause victims to feel stigmatized (i.e., ashamed, bad, deviant) and responsible for the molestation.

Victims of child sexual abuse have higher rates of re-victimization (later sexual assaults) than non-victims.

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A study conducted in 1986 found that 63% of women who had suffered sexual abuse by a family member also reported a rape or attempted rape after the age of 14. Recent studies in 2000, 2002, and 2005 have all concluded similar results.

Children who had an experience of rape or attempted rape in their adolescent years were 13.7 times more likely to experience rape or attempted rape in their first year of college.

Those with a prior history of sexual victimization are extremely likely to be re-victimized. Some research estimates an increased risk of over 1000%.

A child who is the victim of prolonged sexual abuse usually develops low self-esteem, a feeling of worthlessness and an abnormal or distorted view of sex. The child may become withdrawn and mistrustful of adults, and can become suicidal.

So despite the above are we still going to protect the offenders, or protect the image of the said policymakers, ministry, school, and those who show a blind eye to the evil that happens in broad light for political expediency?

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