Social Affairs Ministry offers counseling for 41 alleged rape victims
The Jakarta Post
Social Affairs Minister Khofifah Indar Parawansa has offered to provide psychosocial treatment to 41 children who were allegedly raped by a man arrested on Thursday in Sakem village, Tangerang, Banten.
“The victims are likely suffering from trauma,” Khofifah said in a statement released on Saturday, adding that the children would be treated at the ministry’s shelter in Bambu Apus, East Jakarta.
Tangerang Police arrested on Thursday a man identified as WS for allegedly raping 25 children after receiving a report from one of his alleged victims’ parents.
The number of alleged victims, all of whom are boys between the ages of 11 and 15, has since risen to 41, police revealed.
WS, who works as contract teacher at an elementary school, confessed to having sexually assaulted children since April 2017, several months after his wife left the country to work in Malaysia.
The Social Affairs Ministry has deployed a team comprising social workers and counselors to provide the alleged victims with social assistance and medical and psychological treatment.
Khofifah encouraged the public to report cases of sexual violence against children and help the government prevent such crimes.
“For parents, please do not think that it is disgraceful and hide [incidents of sexual violence], because it will hinder the psychosocial therapy of the victims. I encourage parents to learn more about technology because pedophiles also use technology to lure the victims. Monitor your children’s use of smartphones; assist and educate them about [the internet],” Khofifah said. (wnd)
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