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Jakarta Post

Paedophilia a `real threat' for Balinese

  • Ni Komang Erviani

    The Jakarta Post

Denpasar   /   Fri, July 24 2009   /  01:56 pm

A local expert on sexual abuses targeting children and minors has warned the Balinese people to be more vigilant against the rising threat of paedophilia on the resort island. "The practice of paedophilia has existed on this island for a long time. Unfortunately, a large number of people are not aware of these practices," Luh Ketut Suryani told the press on the sidelines of the launching of her book, Pedofil, Penghancur Masa Depan Anak (Paedophilia, Destroyer of Children's Futures), in Denpasar on Wednesday. "In several cases, even the victims of these shameful and intolerable acts are not aware that they have been victimized," she added. Suryani, a professor of psychiatry at Udayana University, is the president of CASA (Committee Against Sexual Abuse), a local NGO that focuses on fighting paedophiles and assisting the victims. "Such a low level of awareness has made ...