Molestation prevention message needs rethinking

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 30 March, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 30 March, 1999, 12:00am

Recently while watching television I saw an advertisement directed at young children with the message: no one has the right to sexually molest you. I was disturbed by part of the message.

The advertisement asked children to wear swimsuits when they are on the beach in order to protect themselves.

Surely, that is the wrong message.

It implies that if a child is naked they are inviting bad things. It suggests that the problem lies in the child being naked and not with the molester. I am also not sure that a bathing suit would deter a molester.

I would be interested to hear from the authorities about what more is being done to protect children.

Furthermore, what can be done to encourage children who have been molested to come forward to tell what happened? Lastly, the advertisement I saw came on at around 11.45pm when most young children are probably already in bed.

Perhaps in considering the whole issue the authorities can also consider the time at which such advertisements can be shown for maximum impact.