Preventing child sexual abuse and the laws that protect children from abuseC


Child sexual abuse is a rampant and significant issue that we face as a society. Child abuse refers to the involvement of a child with an adult in sexual relations. Such behavior is considered an offense as children are unable to give informed consent to any sexual relations.

Child abuse is, however, preventable. Statistics show that about 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 13 boys experience sexual abuse in their childhood. Most of which is committed by close family members.

The age of consent under the law is considered to be 18 years and above. Therefore the law states that a minor is unable to give consent. Children’s Act section 13 states that every child should be protected from physical and psychological abuse, and section 15 states that children should be protected from sexual exploitation.

Any person who contravenes these sections is liable to have committed an offense.
Measures have also been put in place in dealing with adults that commit sexual offenses towards children under the sexual offenses act. Anyone who commits an offense of defilement with a child of less than eleven years is liable upon conviction to life imprisonment.

A person who commits an offense of defilement with a child of between twelve and fifteen years is liable to imprisonment of a term not less than twenty years. A person who commits an offense of defilement to a child between sixteen and eighteen years is liable to imprisonment for a term not less than fifteen years under the sexual offenses act.

Sexual abuse can be prevented by reporting any incidences of sexual abuse and informing the public of the consequences of performing such heinous acts. Prevention can also be done by teaching children skills on how they can also protect themselves, for example, by educating children about their bodies and reporting any indecent acts done to them, even if it’s a family member.

Parents should also make an effort by involving themselves in the affairs of the child. Learn about the people your child spends time with. It is vital to ensure a child’s best interests are protected.

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