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Experts: Lack of support can make sexual assault victim's trauma worse

Victims of sexual assault and harassment are often fearful of reporting their experiences, experts told The New Paper. Ms Evonne Lek, a counsellor and child therapist, told TNP that negative responses from friends or family can make the victim's trauma much worse as they feel not only betrayed by the alleged offender, but also by people they trust.

Singapore a good country to raise kids, but maybe not the best

Is Singapore truly the best country in the world for children to grow up in? Last week, international non-governmental organisation Save The Children published its annual End of Childhood report, which ranked Singapore as number one out of 175 countries. Family therapist Evonne Lek said the well-being of children should also be looked into. She said: "From the suicide rate among children, you can see that kids here are being put through a lot of stress."

Parents must ensure Internet wellness in kids

An innocuous comment left on a photo online can spark insecurities and damage self-esteem among the young. Ms Evonne Lek, a family therapist, said: "Children often turn to gaming and social media as a way to avoid negative emotions. "I have seen cases where children immersed themselves in games so that they do not have to think about their unhappy family environments."

Penal Code review committee: Minors from 16 to 18 years to be better protected from sexual predators

Minors will receive more protection against sexual predators, with new categories of sex offences and harsher punishment. Family therapist Evonne Lek said the proposed changes showed a stricter stance on child sexual abuse and exploitation, but she expressed concern that the tightening of the law might prevent offenders or potential offenders from seeking help.

Protecting minors aged 16 to 18 from sexual exploitation

Minors will receive more protection against sexual predators with new categories of sex offences and harsher punishment. Family therapist Evonne Lek said the proposed changes showed a stricter stance on child sexual abuse. She added that she hoped the new laws would allow offenders to be flagged earlier so they can receive treatment and therapy.

How couples can resolve conflicts over how many kids to have

Not on the same page as your spouse over your ideal family size? Here’s how to deal with the issue...