Pedophiles: The Child Assaulters against the Coerced Innocents
Child abuse is a general term used to specify children who are maltreated either physically, mentally, emotionally, morally, or sexually. Molestation typically specifies sexually harassment done to children. It is of various forms.
Pedophiles are people who have erotic (sexual) feelings towards children.
Incest is the crime of having sexual intercourse with a parent, child, sibling or grandchild. Perpetrators are those who carry out this atrocious and diabolical act. The incidence of child abuse is increasing at alarming rate. Nearly 3,000 cases of child sexual abuse were reported in Pakistan last year; an increase of 21 per cent compared to 2011, according to a study conducted by a NGO in Islamabad.
In the United States, 400,000 convicted pedophiles exist today. Pedophilia has been a widespread issue throughout the history of mankind. It mostly remains unreported due to the disbelief of guardians and the failure of the victim to distinguish the act from being good or bad. It is estimated that only 1 in 10 victims admit to have been sexually abused upon reaching adulthood.
According to an estimation, 1 in every 3 girls and 1 in every 5 boys are sexually abused, and 17 million children will be sexually abused over next 18 years. Men shouldn’t alone be blamed for being pedophiles as women (in 1% of cases according to certain estimates) can also be the perpetrators. So, who are the culprits? In 90% of the cases the children know their offenders (who could be family members, relatives, servants etc.).
93% of the child molesters consider themselves religious. 77% of the molesters are married. Cultural and socio economic influences, psychological determinants, and familial disputes evoke this demonic metamorphosis. Some have a natural propensity, while 47% were sexually molested during childhood.
Ill-literacy, dense population, socio-ethical norms, financial and economic conditions, alcoholism and drug addictions can also contribute to this barbaric act. There is no way by which we can completely prevent this from happening but at least what must be done is to spread awareness among children. The most substantial thing to do is to build up fortifying ties with your children so they always have an easy access to discuss with you even the most embarrassing things that they might encounter.
Don’t trust anyone completely and keep an eye on the people with implausible courtesy for your child such as neighbors, relatives, landlords etc. People linked with your children on a daily basis such as siblings, drivers, maids, tutors, instructors etc. should also be kept an eye on. Empower and educate your children at a very young age that it’s absolutely not okay for any one in any means to touch or even have an intentional mysterious look on their private parts, even if they are being cuddled with love or being assisted in the toilet. Establish the concept of good and bad touch in your children’s minds.
Talk to them in a way that is easy for them to understand. You may use references to super heroes or villains in the stories they have come across. Proper counseling should be done of these innocent minds, as after being assaulted they develop the feeling of guilt, shame and hate for self and everyone around and consider themselves responsible for this. They end up getting many psychological problems, attempt suicide or start alcohol/drug abuse.
They think of themselves as being spoiled and non-worthy. But we have to tell them it’s not their fault. Tell them how often this happens to almost every one so they don’t think they are the only ones. Show them the ways as to how magnificently they can live their life further by talents that they possess.
“The bruises will heal but the scars will last the life time”.
About the Author: Umme Laila Mirza is a 2nd year MBBS students at Dow Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan. She is a volunteer and ambassador at Sehar welfare society , an NGO that is providing free education to underprivileged children. She can be reached at [email protected]
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