SAFETYWISE Teaching Children about Child Sexual Abuse @ Jesus Parish, Port Harcourt on 25th of October, 2015
We had a very interactive session of Teaching, we watched two short videos on child grooming and abuse and rounded up with age appropriate activities (puzzles, fill in the gap questions and colouring book) on Child Sexual Abuse.
In line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Child’s Rights Act 2003 defines a child as a person who has not attained the age of 18. That means that any person from zero-year old to 17 years old is a child while a person 18 years and above is an adult.
What is Child Sexual Abuse?
Child Sexual abuse or molestation, is persuading or forcing undesired or unwanted sexual activity by somebody upon a child. It can also be defined as any behavior to stimulate the child sexually.
Child sexual abuse includes touching and non-touching activity.
i Touching activity may be penetrative or non penetrative. Examples include:
- touching a child’s genitals or private parts for sexual pleasure
- making a child touch someone else’s genitals
- play sexual games
- have sex putting objects or body parts (like fingers, tongue or penis) inside the vagina, in the mouth or in the anus of a child for sexual pleasure
ii Non-touching activity include:
- showing pornography to a child
- deliberately exposing an adult’s genitals to a child
- photographing a child in sexual poses
- encouraging a child to watch or hear sexual acts
- inappropriately watching a child undress or use the bathroom
Who Are Child Molesters?
Research indicates that 25% of children are sexually abused prior to their 18th birthday. Most children are molested by someone they are related to or know very well like relatives, neighbors or family friends. One study indicated that one out of every ten men has molested a child.
Despite the high rate of child sexual abuse, only 16% of child victims are able to tell someone that they are being abused and only 3% of sex offenders are caught and prosecuted. Most offenders are able to “get away with” molesting children for years before they are reported to law enforcement.
Child abuse can have damaging effects not only on the children who suffer it, but on communities that must address the aftermath of abuse.
We can achieve more together! Let’s work together on stopping the abuse of our Children, the future of tomorrow