The rate at which children are being abused in recent times is appalling.
Most abused kids have already grown into a dysfunctional adult life.
Sadly, there doesn't seem to be much done about these cases.
Child sexual abuse or child molestation is a form of child abuse in which an adult or older adolescent uses a child for sexual stimulation.
It can happen to males and females of any age.
If your child is sexually assaulted, he or she might choose not to tell you.
But here are some signs that should get you suspicious:
- If they:
-act unusually irritable, moody, or cranky
-seem angry, frightened, or confused
-feel depressed, anxious, or nervous, especially about being alone
-withdraw from friends and family
-have trouble sleeping
-have changes in appetite
-be unable to concentrate in school or to participate in everyday activities
-younger girls may complain of pain on urination or just 'twinky' pain.
The global prevalence of child sexual abuse has been estimated at 19.7% for females and 7.9% for males. It's important to note that most sexual abuse offenders are acquainted with their victims.
If you find that your child has been sexually assaulted, please go to the nearest hospital where they'll be checked for STD's , pregnancy and cuts.
Parents need to pay closer attention to their kids!
Written by Dr Kelechi Okoro
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