Story By: Oduyemi Mary.
Sexual violence against children is a gross violation of children’s rights. Yet it is a global reality across all countries and social groups.
It can take the form of sexual abuse, harassment, rape or sexual exploitation in prostitution or pornography. It can happen in homes, institutions, schools, workplaces, in travel and tourism facilities, within communities – both in development and emergency contexts (see gender based violence in emergency situations)as well as in non-emergency contexts in developed countries.
Increasingly, the internet and mobile phones also put children at risk of sexual violence as some adults look to the internet to pursue sexual relationships with children. There is also an increase in the number and circulation of images of child abuse.
Children themselves also send each other sexualized messages or images on their mobile phones, so called ‘sexting’, which puts them at risk for other abuse.
It also shows that sexual violence can have serious short- and long-term physical, psychological and social consequences not only for girls or boys, but also for their families and communities.
This includes increased risks for illness, unwanted pregnancy, psychological distress, stigma, discrimination and difficulties at school.
The consequence of sexual violence to children is beyon what one can over look because once the issue flashes itself back to the child’s mind, he or she tend to always want to react, which bring about pyhcological imbalance, such child is also expected to be properly observed and know that the past is not affecting any longer.
The change starts from us, if only parent can give room for more conversation with their children, by doing this,you tend to know when the child is going wrongly and then you correct them.
We can’t expect the government to do everything for us, parent also have a vital role to play in the life of their children, from there, the child is mentally alert.