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Nightmares for Young Girls in China: Increasing Cases of School Teachers Raping Students

In China, teaching has always been regarded as a highly respectable and honorable profession. However, in recent years, the number of teachers who rape and harass young students has increased, thus tarnishing that image. On Jan 1, 2005, the New York Times reported that an elementary school teacher, Li Guang, in Xinji, Gansu raped 26 students, the oldest being 14. In 2003, the Chinese Ministry of Education reported 10 cases in which teachers from multiple provinces raped young students. In June, 2007, a middle school teacher in Tongwei, Gansu was executed for raping 18 young female students. The increasing frequency of such cases reflects the shift in moral values from traditional Chinese culture to Chinese Communist Party culture.

Suicides in China: 2.3 Times the Global Rate

Every year, 287,000 Chinese commit suicide, equalling 30% of all suicides in the world (1 million each year). The suicide rate in China is 2.3 times the global average. In contrast to other countries, in China, more women than men commit suicide. The reason for committing suicide is mostly intense personal conflicts rather than mental problems, which is the reason for 90% of the suicides in other countries. An increasing number of college students commit suicide in China. The high rate of suicide reflects China’s deteriorating moral values.

What the Chinese Think about Censorship

Two organizations based in the United States released the results of an online survey they jointly did of Internet users inside China. Edoors.com, a Chinese language portal site, and Qingxin, a Chinese language online message board, jointly conducted the survey from June 27 to July 28, 2007, on Internet censorship and circumvention among Internet users inside China. 94% of those surveyed know that the authorities routinely censor information generally available to people in China. 94% believe that China is implementing Internet filtering and censorship out of fear of losing control once its citizens have access to the truth.