Early Sex Education Can Check Abuse Of Minors

Early Sex Education Can Check Abuse Of Minors

imagesA Lagos-based female politician, Mrs Janet Malin, has advocated early sex education and vigilance on the part of parents to curb the incidence of minor defilement.
Malin, the Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ward G2, Surulere Local Government Area, spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
The politician, who is also SURE-P Coordinator in the area, advised mothers to guard against negligence, noting that carelessness was responsible for many cases of rape.
“Some women are shy of talking to their girls about men, puberty, and general sex education but parents must be bold to educate both boys and girls.
“Parents should not expose their children to the opposite sex at any given time; no matter how close, we must monitor and study our neighbours and everybody around us before we leave our children with them.
“We must also teach our children’s care givers to always be alert and must not be careless with our children, no matter the age.
“This is because carelessness contributes to about 80 per cent of minor defilement,” she said.
Malin urged women to lead the campaign against stigmatisation of victims of rape and their families, to change the perception of people toward them in the society.
According to her, such effort will make more victims to speak out and get help.
She said that many rapists continued in the act, knowing that victims would be ashamed to speak out.
“I have seen cases where a father rapes a child and people would blame the mother or guardian for encouraging the girl to speak out.
“If families do not speak out, government will not be able to do anything.
“Women groups should come together and champion the cause to carry out enlightenment campaigns, to encourage victims to speak out.
“Women need to bring the society together to speak in one voice against rape and stigmatisation,” she said.
Mani advised mothers to make their daughters their friends so that they would confide in them if they noticed anything strange in their bodies.
She also stressed the need to strengthen the legal system, to ensure quick prosecution of rape suspects and punishment of those found guilty, to serve as deterrent to others.
According to her, the perpetrators of rape also need rehabilitation because they might be psychologically sick and in need of help.