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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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Don’t Believe Fake News About COVID-19 Vaccines – Senior Citizens

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KANGAR, May 11  — Senior citizens who successfully completed two doses of COVID-19 vaccine under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme yesterday urged the public to stop worrying about getting vaccinated.

Nearly 1,000 senior citizens who received the vaccine at the Dewan 2020 vaccination centre (PPV) expressed their gratitude for not being easily swayed by the spread of fake news on social media claiming that the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine shot causing complications to the recipients.

The Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (KKMM)’s Quick Response Team’s statement described the claims as untrue and advised the public not to disseminate such information which could cause confusion and anxiety among the community.

Meanwhile, one of the vaccine recipients, Shukor Shamsuddin, 74, from Taman Guru Jaya, hoped that the public would not be affected by the negative claims as the vaccine administered was safe.

“I wonder why there are still those, especially educated people, who are still afraid to get vaccinated. In fact, there are still many who have yet to register,” told Bernama yesterday.

Shukor, former director of the Perlis Social Welfare Department, said he did not feel sick during or after receiving the second or first dose of the vaccine.

Another recipient, former Perlis footballer, Salim Muhamad, 72, appealed to those affected by the negative claims to immediately register for vaccination as it would not only save themselves but also helps others to form group or herd immunity.

“Those who are afraid of getting vaccinated are lying to themselves as we all know that we need to put efforts when facing a disaster or disease,” he said.

Former lorry driver, [email protected] Hassan, 73, from Nesam, Bintong said he wondered why many urban residents and educated people were afraid to get inoculated, while he and many friends who were lorry drivers and farmers were responding positively to the government’s call to get vaccinated.

“For us villagers, in our minds, if we don’t get the vaccine shot then we will be more susceptible to COVID-19 virus. If we contract the virus, it will not only threaten our own lives but also the lives of our family members, neighbours and the general public,” he said.

Sources: BERNAMA

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China’s CoronaVac Vaccine Safe: Azerbaijani Acting Health Minister

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BAKU, May – Azerbaijan’s acting health minister Teymur Musayev on Thursday said the CoronaVac vaccine made by China’s biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech is fully safe.

Speaking at a press briefing of the operational headquarters for COVID-19 prevention and control, Musayev said that 1.6 million people in the country have got their first dose of the Chinese-made vaccine so far, while 600,000 people have received both.

According to Xinhua news agency, Musayev said Azerbaijan enrolled the CoronaVac vaccine for mass vaccination, describing it as “completely safe.”

Infection cases among those who received both doses were minor, he said.

“We embark on a new phase of vaccination against COVID-19 in Azerbaijan from May 10 that will enable citizens above 18 to be vaccinated. This means we now have sufficient quantities of the jab,” Musayev said.

Azerbaijan launched the mass vaccination in January.

Source: BERNAMA

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COVID-19 Developments Remain Complicated In Regional Countries

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HANOI, May 6  — The COVID-19 development in several countries in the ASEAN region remain complicated, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.

In Laos, the Health Ministry had confirmed 46 new COVID-19 cases on May 5, mostly in Vientiane and Bokeo province with 19 and 15 cases, respectively.

From May 4, the Lao government decided to apply lockdown for additional 15 days until May 20.

So far, Laos has discovered 1,072 COVID-19 cases, including 99 recoveries and no death.

Meanwhile in Thailand, the pandemic is still developing complicatedly with 2,112 new cases confirmed on May 5 and 15 deaths, raising the total cases to 74,000 cases, with 318 deaths.

Bangkok is still a hot spot of COVID-19 with 789 cases, VNA reported.

In Indonesia, 155,000 soldiers and policemen will be deployed within the framework of Operation Ketupat Jaya 2021 from May 6 to 17 to minimise the spreading of COVID-19 during the Muslims Eid al-Fitr holidays from May 13 to 14.

Some 4,276 personnel will be stationed in the capital city and its adjoining areas. The Jakarta Police will deploy these personnel at 14 isolation points and 17 check points.

The Operation Ketupat Jaya 2021 is being conducted to block access to and from Jabodetabek, to maintain security, and to monitor the implementation of health protocols to stem the transmission of the coronavirus disease before, during, and after Eid al-Fitr, among others.

Meanwhile, spokesperson for the COVID-19 Handling Task Force Wiku Adisasmito armed that all forms of homecoming activities, including the local homecoming, are banned during Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr to lower the rate of COVID-19 infection.

At the same time, Malaysia’s capital city of Kuala Lumpur will re-apply movement control order (MCO) from May 7. This will be the third time the city is placed in MCO to control the COVID-19 pandemic.

Malaysian Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that the order is given after 17 new clusters were recorded.
The order will be applied until May 20. Food premises, such as restaurants, food trucks, hawkers and kiosks, are allowed to operate from 6am to midnight only. Dine-ins are not allowed and food served are for delivery and takeaways only.

Malaysia on May 5 logged 3,744 new cases in the last 24 hours to bring the total to 424,376. There were 17 more deaths, bringing the total fatalities to 1,591.

The MCO was applied for the first time on March 18, 2020 and the second time on January 13, 2021.

The same day, Executive Secretary of the Philippine Presidential Office Salvador Medialdea said that the Southeast Asian country will ban tourists from Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh from May 7 to 14 as part of efforts to prevent the entry of SARS-CoV-2 variants found in India.

Travellers coming directly from those countries, or with a history of travel to any of them within the last 14 days, would be barred from entering, he said.

Earlier, the Philippines banned travellers from India from April 29 to May 14.

On May 5, the country confirmed 5,685 new COVID-19 cases and 178 deaths, raising the count to more than 1 million with 17,800 deaths.

In Cambodia, VNA reported that Prime Minister Hun Sen had on May 5 ordered to vaccinate more than 52,000 people in all areas in the red zones of Phnom Penh with COVID-19 vaccines, with the administration of the rst dose to be completed soon and the second dose to commence once the stipulated time frame has been
reached.

To date, more than 1.5 million people have been vaccinated with either Sinopharm, Sinovac or Covishield (AstraZenacca vaccines) since February 10.

The same day, the Cambodian Ministry of Health confirmed 672 new cases, raising the total cases to 16,971, including 110 deaths.

Source: BERNAMA

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