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Debaters allege sexual abuse by coach

Written by: mottaman | 07 Jan 2018 14:56
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07 Jan 2018 14:56
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This is a total betrayal of trust and blow to the debating community.

A top coach has been accused of sexually abusing underage debaters.

This came to light when two debaters took to Instagram on Saturday and alleged they were molested at the coach’s house two years ago, and it “became routine” for him to touch them inappropriately.

The debaters also posted screenshots of messages from the coach, which appear to show him asking for sexual favours and inviting one of the victims to someone’s home at night.

The debaters added that they remained silent because they did not recognise the abuse at the time and they feared for their debating careers.

One of them wrote in the Instagram post that a police report had been made, but indicated that there was no outcome to the case yet.

According to The Star, most of the comments on the Instagram posts commended the two debaters.

“I'm really really sorry this happened to you. Thanks for being brave in coming forward with your story,” according to a social media user.

Most members of the debating community declined to comment to respect the privacy of the two debaters.

The Malaysian debating community has achieved unprecedented success in recent years, winning the Asian World Schools Debating Championships and coming fifth at the World Schools Debating Championships in 2014.

The Malaysian Institute for Debating and Public Speaking (MIDP), which has helped coach the Malaysian team for international competitions, said in a statement on Sunday that it had “suspended the alleged perpetrator, pending the resolution of investigations by the authorities”.

MIDP added that it has sought advice from a child protection agency and will support all efforts by the relevant parties to ensure that justice is served.

“Our hearts and minds go to the alleged victims and their families,” the statement read.

“We adopt a zero-tolerance policy on all forms of potential or actual abuse, injury or harm inflicted on any member of the debating community.”

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