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Beware! Here Are 6 Phases of ‘Sexual Grooming’ That Parents Or Adults Should Know

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With the recent post about a boy being sexually groomed by a man, people are more aware of this. Sexual grooming is the process in which an offender draws in a victim (usually a child) into a sexual relationship and maintains that relationship without the knowledge of others.

The secrecy of the relationship is essential in grooming. Hence, it is why some parents only discover when it is too late. The victim will usually have an emotional attachment with the groomer. Which will make the separation have heavy repercussions for the victim.

To know more about this, Dr. Redza Zainol discussed six phases of sexual grooming all parents should take note of. It is important because your child might be in danger. Below are the phases:

1. Targeting victims

The offender often looks into these aspects when it comes to their victims- emotional neediness, isolation, education level, and lower self-esteem. Children lacking parental attention and or with developmental disorders such as autism are more vulnerable.

2. Collecting information

Once the victim is targeted, the offender would look into the victim’s life and study it. The victim’s needs and desires and dislikes and how to fulfil and avoid them are all noted for future use. This information is useful to further manipulate the victim deeper in their relationship.

3.Getting the victim’s trust

This phase is why it is difficult to spot the offender at the early stages. They blend so well with caretakers because they give off warm and calibrated attention. Parents mostly notice the overly intrusive that provokes suspicion. A more expert sex offender has a stealthy approach. Their skills in push and poke won’t let their intentions be discovered too easily.

4. Building credibility

The sex offender uses the information he gained in phase two to fill the victim’s needs. This inadvertently assumes their positions more of importance in the victim’s life. Furthermore, the offender will shower them with gifts and affection more than the parents.

This phase is especially vulnerable for a child especially if they are lacking in basic needs in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Need.

5. Isolating the victim

After forming that relationship and trust, the offender uses that to create situations where they can be alone together. Often the excuses use are like sleepovers and taking the victim out for meals or trips. This privacy will reinforce a special connection.

Parents who don’t give that much attention to their child might unwittingly contribute to this relationship as from their view, it takes the burden off of them.

6. Sexual acts

The isolation will lead the offender to become bolder in their interaction. Physical and social boundaries are slowly crossed accompanied by sufficient emotional dependence and trust. The offender creates desensitising situations such as taking pictures, swimming, and others. Often these require a lot of touches and very little clothing.

A child’s budding curiosity of the human body will be exploited to advance the sexual nature of the relationship.  A child is a learning stage in life, hence they have the opportunity to shape the child’s sexual preferences.

Once the sex abuse is occurring, offenders would fully manipulate the victim. They use weakness and attachment to repetitively commit the act. If the victim showing signs of withdrawal, the offender would use guilt and victim-blaming for continued participation and silence.

For a child, the offender could use gifts or treats to remind them of their ‘specialness’. The fear of that loss will render them helpless in this relationship.

Based on the phase, look out for anyone who displays these characteristics in your area. Protect your loved ones from being a victim.

Source: Redza Zainol, Oprah Mag

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Two Individuals Infected With Nigerian Covid-19 Variant In Malaysia Discovered – MOH

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Recently, the Ministry Of Health Malaysia (MOH) has discovered the first two cases of individuals that got infected with the Nigerian Variant of SARS-CoV-2 or also known as B1.525 in this country. The detected cases are actually from two foreigners who just arrived in Malaysia from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Both of them were found to be tested Covid-19 positive through the RT PCR Covid-19 swab test.

For a better recognition, The Institute for Medical Research (IMR) then performed a full genome sequencing as it takes into account both of the foreigner’s travel history. The Nigerian COVID-19 variant was first detected in the UK and also Nigeria in the month of December 2020.

MOH also stated that these discovered Nigerian variants can cause an increase in the likelihood as well as a possible decrease in the immune response. Worry not because MOH reassured that IMR and CPRC will continue to monitor the development of the virus mutation and to inform the public from time to time.

Other than that, they also reminded that even though the national immunization program is going smoothly, public health actions are still required as herd immunity has still not been achieved yet.

Sources: Twitter MOH

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UK To Fast-Track Modified Coronavirus Vaccines To Fight New Variants

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LONDON, March 5 – Future vaccines that have been tweaked to deal with new coronavirus variants will be fast-tracked for authorisation, Britain’s medicines and health care regulator announced Thursday, reported Xinhua news agency.

“We have a clear goal that future vaccine modifications that respond to new variants of coronavirus can be made in the shortest possible time without compromising safety, quality or effectiveness,” June Raine, chief executive of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), said in a statement.

According to the new guidance, the three-phase safety trials required for the original coronavirus vaccines won’t be needed but manufacturers must provide robust evidence that the modified vaccine triggers an immune response.

Christian Schneider, chief scientific officer at the MHRA, said: “The public should be confident that no vaccine would be approved unless the expected high standards of safety, quality and effectiveness are met.”

Currently, both the Oxford-AstraZeneca and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines have reportedly shown to be effective against the variant that first emerged in Britain late last year.

However, experts have raised concerns over the efficacy of current vaccines in the variants rst found in South Africa and Brazil, which have both been detected in Britain.

Six cases of P1 variant related to Brazil have been found in Britain, including three in England and three in Scotland.

More than 20.7 million people in Britain have been given the first jab of the coronavirus vaccine, according to the latest official figures.

At present, England is under the third national lockdown since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country. Similar restriction measures are also in place in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

On Feb 22, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced his long-anticipated “roadmap” exiting the lockdown. Schools in England will reopen from Monday next week as the first part of the four-step plan, which Johnson said was designed to be “cautious but irreversible”.

To bring life back to normal, countries such as Britain, China, Germany, Russia and the United States have been racing against time to roll out coronavirus vaccines.

Source: BERNAMA

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“MySejahtera App Has Been Doing A UI Update…” – Khairy Jamaluddin

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Recently, the MySejahtera App has been doing a UI update for the vaccination of the COVID-19 program. The display for the vaccination is different now to show the simpler flow of the process for everyone that has successfully registered for the vaccine through the MySejahtera App.

According to Khairy Jamaluddin, “This UI update is to push the new display to everyone that has registered”.

For some people, this new display does not show up even though they have registered before. For that problem, Khairy Jamaluddin explained, “Wait for the push. Don’t register again”. But do not be worried if you have to register again because the first registration has been recorded.

He stated in the tweet, “For those that did and see later date of registration, rests assured we have a record of your first try. Appointments are given based on the first time you registered”. The appointment order would not be disturbed as it is given according to the registration done the first time.

Sources: Twitter Khairy Jamaluddin.

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