MY BODY BELONGS TO ME
The rate at which children get sexually abused these days is alarming. In the past, it was just the girl-child that was at risk; now, the boys are not spared. Interestingly and sadly, the people who abuse children are those they trust; from uncles, aunties, teachers, clerics, caregivers, domestic staff to even parents. It is that bad!
First, what is an abuse? An abuse is anything done against a person that negatively affects them psychologically, physically, their senses and in most cases has a long-term social effect on the victim.
How then do we avoid these hideous acts against our children?
- As parents, we should avoid dressing up in front of our children. It is an abuse on their senses; they will do same in the presence of others because they think it is the appropriate thing to do.
- Do not assume everyone is a saint; therefore, monitor your child’s activities in the company of others.
- Always talk to your children of the dangers of other people touching them even if it’s on the cheeks.
- Do not be shy of having a talk on Sex Education with your children and make it regular without inciting fear in them but confidence to speak up for themselves.
- Last but not the least, always emphasise that their bodies belong to them.