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Abused teens regain their courage and confidence canoeing in China

The 10 girls spent five months completing the 540-cm-long boat
The 10 girls spent five months completing the 540-cm-long boat
The group with their canoe (Photo/Hsieh Hsing-en)

A group of young women who endured domestic violence and sexual abuse “Showcased on Saturday, June 7, 2014 a canoe that they built for a voyage around Taiwan next month. The China Post in Taipei, Taiwan reported the story on June 8, 2014.

Not only are the young women going to attempt the adventurous journey they also constructed the “boat” that they will paddle on this historic expedition. “The 10 girls spent five months completing the 540-cm-long boat (centimeters, about 17 feet) named “Dream,” according to the City People Foundation, a halfway home in Tamsui, New Taipei that is organizing the event”

In July, the young women will embark on a two-month voyage around Taiwan aboard canoes, a move aimed at restoring their courage and self-confidence, according to the City People Foundation.

“The upcoming activity will be an expansion of a similar one held last summer, when 12 abuse victims spent one week canoeing around Green Island, an islet off the eastern county of Taitung.”

According to the United States report released in 2013 “Violence & discrimination against women is one of Taiwanese principal human rights problems. Taiwan passed (United Nations already passed 30+ years ago at 1979) the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), valid from Jan. 1, 2012, but, Taiwan's women rights status is still about the same.”

However, “The law provides protection for rape victims. Rape trials are not open to the public unless the victim consents. The law permits a charge of rape without requiring the victim to press charges, according to a USA Country Reports on Human Rights practices, February 27, 2014.

In addition, “The law requires all cities and counties to establish violence prevention and control centers to address domestic and sexual violence, child abuse, and elder abuse. These centers provided victims with protection, medical treatment, emergency assistance, shelter, legal counseling, education, and training on a 24-hour basis. The Health and Welfare Ministry, newly established in July, will be responsible for combating and addressing rape and domestic violence,” according to the same report.

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