PROTECT THE CHILD INITIATIVE CALLS FOR A RAPE-PROOFED SOCIETY
Recently, Protect the Child Initiative embarked on a one day sensitization workshop to further blow the whistle against child sexual molestation and other Gender Based Violence in the society.
The event which took place at Destiny International Mission, Uyo with the theme: ‘Child Sexual Abuse: the way out,’ had experts from Early Childhood Education and from health sector addressed the menace and charted the way forward.
The Team Lead of Protect the Child Initiative, Pharmacist Edidiong Abraham said the home can be rape-proofed with prayers, early education of the child with age appropriate information to enable them defend themselves from this menace.
Her presentations at the event in Uyo last weekend revealed that children from the age of four, should be taught the right names of their parts of the body which will protect them from sexual abuse and in turn report occurrences accurately and promptly to their caregivers. Likewise, they should be taught the boundaries about their body parts, relationships, the red zone areas of the mouth, chest, waist to the knee in front and behind.
More education on the makeup of a family’s village to include parents, relatives, friends and others was part of her presentation. The Team Lead urged parents to be vigilant and know who is allowed into the village of the family to ensure that their children and wards are protected always.
Cross section of participants at the event recently in Uyo.
The Host, Bishop Blessing Bassey advised parents to be careful of what they exhibit before their children as they tend to imitate what is shown them. “Time has changed likewise parenting. Let’s have a rethink on how we raise our children as abusers are everywhere. Don’t be careless with your responsibility as a parents,” she admonished.
Also, the Chairperson, Standup for Women Society (SWS), Akwa Ibom State Chapter and the immediate past Chairperson of Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, Akwa Ibom State Chapter, Mrs Uduak Ekong said the theme of the event was timely and SWS was interested and recommended a quarterly gathering for a positive outcome.
Lib. Uduak Ekong upheld that collaboration and partnership with other agencies especially, NAWOJ will also create more impacts.
Other Speakers including Dr. Chika Nya-Etok charged parents on responsible parenting and building good and healthy relationship with their children while Churches should be at the forefront in the sensitization campaign and sanitising the society of all forms of abuses.
Meanwhile, it was noted with more collaboration and regular sensitization; even with the implementation of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition, VAPP Law, will be effective tools to protect the child against abuses and other forms of gender based violence.