Sexual harassment and assault

Hong Kong needs to set up a sex offender registry 

PUBLISHED : Monday, 30 April, 2018, 4:51pm
UPDATED : Monday, 30 April, 2018, 4:51pm

I concur with your correspondent, Anfield Tam (“Best defence against sexual abuse is awareness, and #MeToo has made a difference”, April 24).

Hong Kong should have a 24/7 confidential helpline where female victims of sex abuse may make themselves heard. 

In Singapore, where I previously resided, there is an organisation called Aware (Association of Women for Action and Research), a gender equality advocacy group that helps women who encounter such crimes and directs them to crisis shelters. Free counselling is also provided if needed, as are one-time legal consultations.

Our young girls and women must be taught that it is all right to speak up if they encounter sexual assault and that there is nothing to be ashamed of if they do.

I would suggest that Hong Kong consider setting up a sex offender registry, so that whenever someone applies for a job, their name can be checked against this database.

This is especially critical if they are going to apply for jobs that involve working with young, school-age children or in settings where they may come into close contact with them, such as in a church.

However, if that person then has a clean record, say for 10 years at least, their name can then be removed from the register, to prove that just punishment has been received and the person has turned over a new leaf.

Eunice Li, Shanghai