The 2017 world theme for Sexual Violence Awareness in the month for April is “Engaging New Voices”. We have adopted this theme by encouraging different sectors to join the fight against child sexual abuse.
Every afternoon, no less than 10,000 girls in Nigeria experience Sexual Violence. 84% of girls in Nigeria who experience Childhood Sexual Abuse do not know where to seek help. Every afternoon, no less than 5,000 boys in Nigeria experience Sexual Violence. 61% of boys in Nigeria who experience Childhood Sexual Abuse do not know where to seek help, states a report that paints a dire picture of the situation by Cece Yara foundation. Such report is an indictment on us as a people.
StopS-CAN organization is planning a series of awareness programmes on child sexual abuse, tagged “It Takes a Village…”. “It is important for us as a collective and as individuals to see to the protection of our children not only because they are our children but also because violating them in body and mind portends danger for their future and that of Nigeria,” Nkemakonam Linda Ijeh, Director StopS-CAN.
Date: Saturday, April 22nd, 2017.
Time: 7.00 am – 11.00 am.
Venue: Freedom Park, Lagos Island.
“Section 24 of the The Child Rights Act provides for the punishment of the perpetrators of child sexual abuse but in the real sense of it, do these sections hold water?” Nkemakonam queried.
Our vision at StopS-CAN is to create a world where no child suffers the damaging effects of child sexual abuse. We aim to collaborate with different stakeholders to ensure home-grown solutions to the malaise created. We are creating a system that will inform and educate young people and parents about Child Sexual Abuse and ensure that these young people have a less turbulent transition into adulthood and serve as a springboard for success and nation-building as we encourage them to heal. We have a definitive monitoring system that will measure our programs impact on the society as accurately as possible.
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