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Video of Vietnamese policeman teaching students how to defend against sexual assault goes viral

Nguyen Dao Minh Huy giving discussion questions to students.
Nguyen Dao Minh Huy giving discussion questions to students.

A video showing a young police officer teaching defense skills to fend off sexual assaults is taking social media by storm, with many commenting that the officer’s relaxed and amusing approach to the serious topic is a creative way to breathe life into an old, but indispensable, discussion.

Thanks to his sense of humor, the officer successfully held the attention of all the students in attendance, keeping their eyes glued to him rather than to their smartphones.

At one point, the video shows the policeman advising the students to “use violence to damage the ‘tool’ of the predator,” earning a chorus of laughs from them.

“We were truly comfortable during the lecture, but unfortunately, the time passed too fast,” Linh, one of the students in attendance, shared.

“This was the first time I had been actually taught these skills in an effective way. It was fun, enthusiastic, and refreshing.”

The admired teacher in the video clip is Nguyen Dao Minh Huy, a criminal police officer from the police department of Ho Chi Minh City.

According to the young police officer, the recording was taken during a session at the Vocational Training and Education Center of Phu Nhuan District on October 15.

However, the clip only recorded a third of what the lecture was about, Huy said, indicating there is still plenty of important information people should be prepared with to fend off an assault.

“We knew from the very beginning that no one wants to hear a boring lecture, so we tried our best to deliver the information in a simple and fun way that would appeal to students. Making it fun and attractive increases its efficiency,” he said.

Huy’s session covered five different defense techniques victims can employ during a sexual assault and which specific situations the techniques might be suitable for.

The idea for the session came from a project coordinated by the Youth Union of the city’s criminal police unit aimed at educating students about law and self-defense against criminal activities.

Huy has led around 200 of these sessions since it first began touring schools in 2007.

“Both students and teachers are drawn to Huy’s instructions on dealing with real-life situations,” Nguyen Thi Huong, vice-director at the Vocational Training and Education Center of Phu Nhuan District, commented.

“We have previously held several sessions hoping to teach students similar skills, but none of them have impressed the students, unlike Huy’s session, which excited all of them.”

Thanks to Huy’s humor, all students remained attentive and were eagerly participating in the lecture.Thanks to Huy’s humor, all students remained attentive and were eagerly participating in the lecture.
Thanks to Huy’s humor, all students remained attentive and were eagerly participating in the lecture.

In recent years, the society has turned its attention to addressing sexual assault, especially among students.

As a result, several high schools, secondary schools, and universities have made self-defense skills a compulsory part of physical education.

Before now, little attention has been paid to child victims of sexual assault in Vietnam.

Between 2014 and 2016, over 4,000 Vietnamese children were sexually assaulted, according to the Women Union Association of Vietnam.

Among those, 80 percent were female victims, most of whom were between 13 and16 years old.