Child molestation is also known as a child sexual abuse. It’s a crime committed by an adult to a child through sexual stimulation of the perpetrator or the observer.
Child abuse is common and mostly goes unreported either to the parents/guardian’s or the authorities which has a long term effect on the abused child.
Children are mostly not molested by strangers or pedophiles but they are molested by friends, family or people who have interacted with the child for a period of time (community).
Mostly, the younger the victim the most likely to be abused by a family member. Child abusers tend to utilize the manipulative process in order to gain the family and the victim trust, providing them with more access to the child.
They tend to give them
• Special attention by gifting them
• Fulfilling un met needs by their parents/guardians
• Isolating the child from the others
• Use of secrecy, blame and threats to maintain control
Child sexual abuse can have a lifetime on survivors especially without support, this can lead to post traumatic stress disorder, drug abuse and suicidal attempts
Children abused tends to keep it as a secret there are being abused by the fear of disclosure to an adult due to threat given.
• Maintaining a healthy relationship with your child is very important and also talking to them openly, so that they can feel safe with you.
• Always believe them because rarely will they give false allegations of sexual violation
• Try to remain calm, so that the child may not blame themselves for the abuse.
• Help set the boundaries for the children and closely monitor or pay attention if you feel any other adult is crossing the boundaries
• Let the children know they have a right to make decision when it comes to their bodies, empower them to say no if they don’t want to be touched.
An instance is where a family have a daughter who attends a primary school in the neighborhood, both parents are working and with the current economic time, they can’t afford a domestic manage. They all prepare in the morning and the little lady is taken to school by a boda boda rider. The girl always gets to school late and also crying which prompted the teacher to inquire from the girl why she comes to school late and crying, she befriended the girl and she was able to know what had been happening. The boda boda guy had made the little girl his wife, picks her from her parents’ home and take her to his and have his wicked ways with the girl before threatening her and takes her to school.
It’s sad that the parents trusted someone with their precious daughter but took advantage of her.
It’s wrong to sexually abuse anyone either a child or an adult, it’s punishable by law.
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