CHILDREN DAY COMMEMORATION
ON APRIL 24, 2017 AT “ST.FRACIS” ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN PRINGSEWU
It is always interesting to talk about children and women. Women and children can not be separated. Both women and children are often considered weak persons, so they are vulnerable towards violence , abuse and become the object of the immoral and wicked people. The issues about violence and sexual abuse towards children happen continuously . During one week in April, 2017 there were two small girls from the same area became the rape victims. One girl is 2 years old and the other is 9 years old. We don’t know what sexual pleasure the doer get by raping the two small girls, so he damaged the girls’ future .
When we visited the family of the victims, the small girls were also at home and met us. One of the girl “Melati” (not the real name) is still in the third grade of Elementary school, and not yet full 9 years old, on August 2017 she will be 9 years old. She told us about the accident: at that time , Melati with the two other small girls were playing near a bridge, where at the river there often people looking for fish. When the three girls were playing a man who was fishing asked Melati to accompany him to take some fish at a certain place. And the other two girls should wait at the bridge. After 40 minutes, the man brought Melati back to the place where her two friends were waiting. The ma gave Melati 4 small fishes. However, Melati cried in pain because blood flowed from her vagina.
When Melati already back home, she told her parents about her tragic experience. Her parents were shock, and brought her to Puskesmas (Village Health Center), but the officials in the Puskesmas refused to take care Melati there and they suggested her parents to bring Melati to the State Hospital in Pringsewu for getting visum (medical report) . However, when they arrived at the hospital, there was only general practicioner there, so they must come again the hospital on the following day for getting visum from an obstetrician. Melati’s parents also reported to the police about this accident, however, up to now already 2 weeks , the police still do nothing to investigate and to solve the problem.