Classes urged to prevent sexual assaults in China

Classes urged to prevent sexual assaults in China

Timely reporting, job screening to be implemented

Education departments and schools across the country have been urged to add education on sexual assault prevention to classes, as part of government efforts to prevent more children falling victim to molesters.

Several government departments, including the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Public Security, issued a notice on Tuesday, vowing to address the problem after a string of scandals in which students were sexually molested.

The notice asked schools to prepare students, especially girls and left-behind children in rural areas, and their parents with knowledge about what constitutes sexual assault, how to prevent such assaults and how to seek help if they happen.

Education departments were also asked to establish a reporting mechanism under which schools report child sexual assault cases in a timely manner to their superiors while protecting students' privacy and offering psychological guidance and other support to victims.

Local educational branches will make regular efforts to screen for potential hazards, especially the qualifications of teachers and school employees.

Those with criminal records or mental health histories are banned from working in schools, the notice said.

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