INFO FOR PARENTS
WHAT IS CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE?
Child sexual abuse occurs when an adult or older adolescent engages in any form of sexual activity with a child. A child is anyone below the age of 18.
FORMS OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE (DEFILEMENT)
Child sexual abuse can take various forms including:
- Obscene phone calls, text messages, or digital interaction
- Any form of physical sexual contact with a child
- Indecent exposure to a child with sexual intent
- Producing, owning, or sharing pornographic images or movies of children.
- Sex trafficking
WHERE CAN CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE OCCUR?
Child sexual abuse can occur anywhere including the home, school, church, home, playground, homes of friends and relations.
WHO ARE THE PERPETRATORS OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE?
The majority of perpetrators are known to the child or family such as parents, siblings, uncles, neighbors, teachers or family friends.
HOW CAN I PROTECT MY CHILD FROM SEXUAL ABUSE?
- Talk openly and often with your child. This will let your child know that it’s okay to talk to you when they have questions.
- If your child comes to you with concerns or questions, make time to listen and respond to them.
- Teach your child the names of their body parts so that they have the language to ask questions and express concerns about those body parts.
- Teach them the difference between ók’ and ‘not ok’ touches.
- Let your children know that if someone is touching them or talking to
them in ways that make them uncomfortable, they can talk to you about it.
- Let your child know that it’s okay to politely say “no” when adults want to touch them including the adults they know and family members.
- Educate yourself about sexual violence so that you know what to look for, and the best way to respond.
WHAT ARE THE WARNING SIGNS
If your child:
- Has Difficulty walking or sitting
- Is bleeding, bruises, itching, pain or swelling in genital area
- Has frequent urinary or yeast infections
- Shrinks away or seems threatened by physical contact
- Exhibits signs of depression or post-traumatic stress disorder
- Starts performing badly in school.
- Refuses to bathe or bathes excessively
- Becomes aggressive and rebellious.
- Becomes overly protective and concerned for siblings
- Constant Nightmares or bed-wetting
- Inappropriate sexual knowledge or behaviors
The above signs do not necessarily mean your child is getting abused. But you should be concerned.
Do you suspect your child has been abused?
- Go to the hospital. Doctors will examine your child and provide treatment if your suspicions are true.
- The treatment will protect your child against HIV, other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unwanted pregnancy.
- Please do not shower, change clothes or clean up in any way before going to the hospital.
- Report the matter to the nearest police station.
- If you want help deciding what to do, call our toll free line 0800 THEEIGHT or visit us at number 1A Kola Adeyina close, Lekki Phase 1.
- If you want to visit us but cannot afford the transportation, please call and we will pick you up.
- All visits are confidential. Your secret is safe with us. We will never tell anyone without your consent.
All services are free and confidential.