15 years ago on 4th July 1995, Ishak Shaari, a religious teacher was charged with raping the girl, who was then 14 years and 5 months old, at a school counseling room. While at Ottawa, Archbishop Kenneth William Storheim, 64, the head of the Canadian diocese of the Orthodox Church in America has been charged with two counts of sexual assault.
There are many cases of rape and abuse against woman and child (even against man) that doesn't come out from newspaper or get any attention from media. It could be because it was silently closed case or there's nobody cares! "Who care? It doesn't happen to me, to my friends or my family, why should I care?" is the normal respond. The words might not be exactly the same, but the attitude and action does show it. Though nobody like to admit that we don't care enough, it is quite obvious when we choose to be silent and having a 'lukewarm' respond toward this issue. There are even some people that I know responded very negatively saying, "This is normal. We must get use to this kind of news." You fool! Are you going to make a change or just saying nothing, living out your own world???
Examples above, is not for me to attack against the Chinese, Malay, or any other races in Malaysia. It is also not my agenda to point out those religious leaders and taxi drivers are the people who need to be blame for all of this. Nor that my point is to blame people- my point is to encourage us to stop blaming, pointing fingers etc. but to start a revolution by voicing out our concerns that we are against the act of rape, violent and child abuse! We hate sin not the sinners!
There are some (or maybe many) disagreements between religious that we should avoid talking about in the blog, facebook, or twitters. But I urge all the people who are reading this note, to consider our common similarity as a human being, that is- we are care. We are capable to hurt each other and we know that well, but we are also capable to love with respect and doing well to one another. It's a matter of choice... choose to love one another.
Raise up your voice now! Do you care about the increase of rape, violent and child abuse cases here in Malaysia specifically and the world generally? If you do, then stand up, raise your shoulder, put the armor of love and respect and shout your voice out!
"Speak up for people who cannot speak for themselves. Protect the rights of all who are helpless. Speak for them and be a righteous judge. Protect the rights of the poor and needy." (Proverbs 31:8-9) In this context, the Poor is the one who is depressed in mind and the Needy are the one who in the sense of want (especially feeling).
Dear Lord, send people to be the voices and speak up for the helpless...
Dear Lord, send me. Amen.
P.s: Stop! We protest against rape, violence & child abuse.
Original website for Thursdays in Black: http://www.salient.org.nz/features/thursdays-in-black-2