Child mo­lesta­tion

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - SEHRISH ALI

Child mo­lesta­tion is an ill­ness. Child mo­lester is a sick per­son un­able to con­trol his de­sire and can­not stop on his own he or she sex­u­ally fan­cies young chil­dren. Chil­dren are sex­u­ally vic­tim­ized be­cause, they are un­sus­pect­ing, vul­ner­a­ble and cu­ri­ous by na­ture and they trust their adults and are cer­tainly, not sus­pi­cious of their teacher or a rel­a­tive. Chil­dren can be abused re­peat­edly be­cause they are of­ten too ashamed to tell oth­ers and it is also pos­si­ble that their mo­lester might have threat­ened to hurt them if they tell any­one.

We all know that gov­ern­ment and set of laws play an im­por­tant role af­ter a child is abused but, child mo­lesta­tion can be pre­vented at home. Your child should know the name of gen­i­tals like ev­ery other body parts and par­ents should teach their child about safety of their pri­vate and that no one has right to touch them and make your child com­fort­able when, it comes to talk­ing with you and there are no se­crets be­tween child and par­ents and be­ware of adults who take too much in­ter­est in your child and some­one who gives them spe­cial gifts or take them to out­ings and if, your child is de­pressed and is not per­form­ing well in school lately then, ask them if some one is tak­ing ad­van­tage of them and cre­ate such en­vi­ron­ment at home where such topics can be dis­cussed com­fort­ably, pri­vate parts are not so pri­vate that you can’t talk about them.

10 chil­dren are sex­u­ally abused daily in Pak­istan, and most of time par­ents don’t take their chil­dren se­ri­ously when it comes to mo­lesta­tion. It is a hum­ble re­quest to ev­ery par­ent out there, please make your chil­dren aware of abuse and do not ne­glect them when it comes to child abuse and gov­ern­ment should make an ac­tive child pro­tec­tion sys­tem in our coun­try and schools should also spread aware­ness among chil­dren. — Karachi

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