'My mother communicates with me better because of the course'

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 20 November, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 20 November, 2007, 12:00am

Chiang On-yin began attending Against Child Abuse sessions when she was 10.

Miss Chiang said her mother had joined the group's course on how to be a good parent and had suggested she visit the centre.

'When I was small, the volunteers at the centre taught me that children have the right to protect themselves, both physically and psychologically. Now, as a volunteer myself, I promote this idea to everybody,' the 19-year-old said.

Miss Chiang admitted she had been beaten by her mother when she was small, but said their relationship was much better now, as they spent more time together doing voluntary work for the group.

'I think mother communicates with me better because of the course.'

Li Shui-ying, a single mother who migrated to Hong Kong from the mainland three years ago, said her relationship with her daughter had been smoother since she took part in the group's course for parents.

'I learned how to be a role model to my daughter and how to talk to her.'

Ms Li said she learned that children should be dealt with differently as they got older.

'I understand that my daughter will tell the volunteers things she won't tell me. It lessens the pressure on me.'