There has been lots of reports online about rape and child abuse. A child that starts the early stages of his/her life being abused sexually or in other forms will grow to be different from children brought up with no history of abuse. In this article, we are looking at ways to prevent child molestation.
Child Abuse is also known as CHILD MOLESTATION. A child is a person who is strongly influenced by the ideas and attitude of a particular time or person.
Molestation is an act of attacking somebody most especially a child sexually. So child molestation can be defined as a form of child abuse in which an adult or older adolescent uses a child for sexual stimulation which can either be engaging in sexual activities with a child(whether by asking or pressuring or by other means), in decent exposure (of the genitals, female nipples etc) or using a child to produce child pornography. All these can happen or occur in a variety of settings including our individual homes,schools or work place.
Recent research has shown that the following things are as a result of molestations. Namely;
👉 Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
👉 Anxiety and even victimization in adulthood, this can result in more serious and long term psychological trauma.
It has been estimated that about 19.7% of females and 7.9% of makes are been molested. These children can end up been a victim of poor self esteem, having sleep disturbances and even anxiety disorders. That is why most children end up exhibiting regressive behaviour such as Thumb sucking or bed wetting, these however has definitely lead to death or gotten some children to Rehabilitation centres.
Ways To Prevent Child Molestation
This has been shown to be a critical tool in changing behaviour, attitude, beliefs and value system of people. Therefore there should be intense public enlightenment and education at schools, social clubs, cultural group gatherings, churches, mosques and through the media, to first of all, demystify the myths about sexual assault and child molestation.
These myths inform the way many people think about sexual assault, and because they are in the background unconsciously influencing people’s thoughts, the false assumptions may be seen as being true. For example, when we read in the newspaper that a young girl has been raped, perhaps near a nightclub, we often instinctively search for a cause other than the real one (that she was raped because a man with the power to do so decided to rape her).
Perhaps we proffer the reason for the rape as tied to the place she was raped, or the time of the day, or the clothes she was wearing, or the fact that she was alone. This way of thinking deflects blame from where it rightly belongs with the perpetrator of the crime.
It is this kind of community disposition and ignorance that detracts from tackling the real cause of sexual assault, without which preventive efforts will be futile.
Prevention of sexual assault will remain a mirage until society puts in place institutional framework to deal comprehensively with actual cases of sexual assault. This approach involves functional, skilled, and synchronized services and also includes the criminal justice system, the police, social services, and sexual assault services.
¶ Encouraging victims/survivors of sexual assault to break their silence by making freely available such services, which should be community based.
¶ The successful prosecution of perpetrators, will serve as a deterrent and hopefully prevent the next person from falling victim.
These strategies seek to prevent sexual assault before it occurs by changing environments so that they are safer for women (a simple measure like well lit walk ways could make a lot of difference, even though there are more factors to sexual assault than just dark places), building the skills and knowledge of individuals or changing behaviour.
Primary prevention addresses its underlying causes (such as gender inequality and poverty), are effective prevention strategies.
Is targeted to individuals and groups who exhibit early signs of violent behaviour or being subject to violence. These strategies aim to change behaviours or increase the skills of individuals and groups. This in my opinion may involve, for example, some reorientation, especially for “boys” that what is rather “cool”, a contemporary word for what is acceptable, especially among the youth, is having respect for the opposite or same sex, obtaining appropriate consent for sex, and accepting “NO” as meaning “NO”.
AFTER INCIDENT INTERVENTIONS
These strategies are implemented after violence has occurred and aim to deal with the violence, prevent its consequences and ensure that violence does not occur again or escalate.
Note: It is therefore time for an all inclusive fight against sexual assault, a fight which should devoid of sexual bias for grater efficacy and a fight which indeed is attainable.
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Written By: OGUNWOLU KHADEEJAT OLOLADE (RN)