Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Bullying, child abuse, trafficking in Hong Kong

Bullying in schools, child abuse, domestic violence, and people trafficking.

These are not the easiest subjects to research in Hong Kong.

I might be going out on a bit of a limb here, but there does seem to be a little reluctance on the part of some to fully acknowledge the seriousness of these issues.

After making half a dozen phone calls and leaving my email address, I am still waiting to receive up-to-date, contemporary figures relating to the issue of bullying in schools here. Maybe I am just being impatient.

Various organisations were pretty vague. While admitting that yes, of course, there is bullying, it was not considered to be as endemic here as it is perhaps in schools in North America or Europe.

A number of my colleagues who have school-age children said pretty much the same thing.

I also learned there is not - at least to the best of anyone's knowledge - a service such as provided by SHOUTwithCAABS here in the SAR.

One group that does seem to be taking bullying very seriously is the LGBT community, and some of the figures they are making public are quite alarming.

This link was provided by one of my twitter friends @ang0815 - and it makes interesting reading.

http://tcjm.org/projects/anti-bullying/

It is difficult to devote as much time to this as I would like, so any links, suggestions, background you might be able to supply is always welcome!

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