The Abuja mothers in commemoration with this year’s International women’s Day celebrated on Friday 8th March 2019 and in line with the organization’s commitment to serve as a catalyst in assisting women and Children protest against child molestation as there was constant increment of incidents children molestation all over the country.
The speaking with journalists yesterday during the protest the founder of the AbujaMom group Happiness Ani said the protests is taking place for the first in Abuja.
Mrs Ani said child molestation is one of the silent crimes due to the misplaced fear of stigmatisation but yet there still exists evidence of alarming statistics that records cases of sexual abuse.
She said child molestation is a crime that involves a range of incident or sexual activities between an adults and a child under age of 18 years old, adding that child molestation can come in form of sexual assault, sexual exploitation, pornography or masturbation.
“We Abuja mothers being empowerment group we use this medium to enlighten the public especially mothers on the fact that these molesters do not come as masquerades, but rather are more likely to be relatives or acquaintances of their victims than strangers.
“About thirty percent of victims of sexual abuse are related to victim and 60% are acquaintances, like neighbor, babysitter or friends and 10% are strangers.
“We the Abuja mothers began our discussions on the child molestation platform and we discovered that over ten percent are victims of molestations when they were children and many still harbor the pains and shame that held them back in given their best to society,” she added.
She maintained that this awareness is very important and as a mothers we are saying that enough is enough for this evil act and we can no longer stand and watch this happened.
“See we the AbujaMoms are calling on Law Enforcement Agencies to up hold the part 111 of the Child Rights Act adopted by Nigeria in 2003 which prohibits every form of sexual intercourse, sexual abuse and exploitation with child.
Also speaking a mother of three, Mrs Otinu Carew said child molestation has brought set back to so many children who would have be great leaders but it has held them back mentally.
“So We are pleading with the general publics to see it as an obligation to report every case of child molestation regardless of who is involved.
“We hope that this awareness will enlighten parents on the need to be more protective of their children, encourage victims to speak out in order to get justice and closure, awaken the Law enforcement Agencies on the need to uphold the laws protecting Children from sexual predators and equality as a deterrent to those who harbor the such evil thought,” she said
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