Why is it important to Educate your children about Sexual Abuse?

Sexual Abuse is the worst thing to happen to Children: Sexual abuse of children is one of the most pressing notorious issues faced all over the world. Children are being sexually abused in every corner of the world, and unfortunately little to nothing is being done about it.

This is one of the worst things which can happen to children, most of whom do not usually completely understand what it is that is happening. It is only after they get older that they truly understand what happened to them, which can lead to severe health problems both mentally and physically.

They don’t tell their parents: Children who have fallen prey to crimes of sexual abuse are mostly afraid or rather ashamed to tell their parents because they have some sort of guilt or shame that it was directly or indirectly their own fault which caused them to be sexually abused.

Children don’t trust anyone in the later part of their lives: All acts of sexual abuse will most probably have damaging and long-term effects on the emotional and mental health of the victims.

It also prevents them from trusting others later on in their life, which is essentially why several experts have laid great stress for parents to have a talk with their children about the menace of sexual abuse.

Doctors to notify the Authorities: Right up till 1920, there were no solid studies conducted on the issue of child abuse, which is when these children abuse cases started increasing.

By the year 1968 upwards of 44 countries had enacted legalization, which has obliged the doctors to notify the authorities of any sexual abuse cases, which involve children.

In the year 2000, the WHO or World Health Organization had published a report which had laid an immense amount of stress on the importance of combating the exploitation of children and also sexual abuse. The report was initially reported in the Al Riyadh local newspaper in the Kingdom.

Who are the culprits? Various studies have shown that around 15 to 25 percent of women and around 5 to 15 percent of men have been victims of sexual abuse in their adolescent years.

Around 30 percent of all the sexual offenders are close relatives, whereas 60 percent of them are close family friends, whereas 10 percent are only strangers or unknowns. 

The victims of sexual abuse often suffer from both long and short-term bodily, psychological and emotional damage which leads to low self-esteem, mental fatigue, behavioral problems, learning difficulties and drugs or alcohol abuse too.

What should parents do? In case children reveal that they have been sexually abused, it is the duty of parents to be understanding and also comforting and should most importantly not hold the child responsible.

In such cases, the child needs more and more emotional support and to also be taken to a psychiatrist or therapist and a physician.  It is also the duty of parents to notify the related authorities so that the abuser does not repeat their crimes elsewhere.

Leaving children alone with domestic workers is the worst thing you could do, and they should be educated to scream if they feel something wrong when someone approaches them.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.