Experts are calling for more sexual abuse prevention in schools following a high profile case involving a Shanghai real estate mogul accused of child molestation.
Wang Zhenhua, former chairman of Shanghai-based Future Land Holdings, a real estate conglomerate, widely known in China by its subsidiary name Seazen, was detained earlier this month by police on charges of molesting a young girl at a Shanghai hotel, media reported.
The case has opened up discussions about child sexual abuse in China, where a significant portion of reported cases are perpetrated by an acquaintance of the victim, The Beijing News reported.
Part of the problem is a lack of sexual abuse prevention courses in schools that teach children, and also teachers and parents, about how to identify such behavior and the techniques attackers use, Zhang Hongwei, a professor at Jinan University’s Center for Juvenile and Family Law, told the newspaper.
While the public, parents and schools play key roles in preventing sexual abuse, children must also be empowered with the tools they need to protect themselves, Zhang said.
Schools should work more closely with authorities to make sexual abuse prevention part of the compulsory curriculum, and develop proper coursework and textbooks for different age groups, Zhang added.
Authorities are carrying out awareness campaigns at many primary and secondary schools across China about identifying and preventing sexual assault, the report read.