On Child Abuse

On Child Abuse
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Incidents of child abuse and sexual predation thereof that have come to light in recent times might actually be the tip of an iceberg. That is, there are, in all likelihood, more cases than have surfaced even in our society. This assertion might come to most as a shocker, again in terms of our culture which, in many senses, has a benign ingress to it. But, reality must be faced and the scourge of child abuse taken on, if not actually exterminated from society. It is not only in the nature of an evil but something that is also insidious, which scars and mars the lives of its victims. The first step toward taking on this evil is to recognize and identify it and then devise mechanisms to eliminate it. In many cultures and societies other than ours, sexual predation on children has been identified as a deep pathology that some warped individuals suffer from. In lieu of this, children are sought to be protected both by virtue of law and societal and individual awareness. Often times, it has been observed that child victims of sexual abuse are predated upon by those who they trust. When this happens, the child victim of molestation not only gets scarred and his or her sense of self fragmented but also he or she is unable to articulate the violence done to him or her. This is usually because of many reasons, the most predominant of which is the child victim is unable to come to terms with the nature of the assault and, second, because of the disbelief that his or her expression of this violence will be met with. Consequently, victims suffer and, invariably, the suffering is lifelong. Sexual predation then has long lasting implications and consequences. The nagging question is: how can this scourge be exterminated from society? The responsibility largely falls on parents; they must and should try to educate their children on inappropriate touching, gestures and even approaches, even if the perpetrator is a relative or a friend. If these kinds of situations arise, the child must be sensitized to report it to parents immediately. Parents must also monitor the moods and general disposition of their children. If the child is morose, glum or even depressed, parents must make it a point to talk more intensely and empathetically to their children to find out the real cause of mood swings or a general depression. On its part, society must also recognize the dark impulses of some of its members and be empathetic to the victims of child abuse. In the final analysis, it is in preemption that the cure lies and it is in the combined efforts of parents, children and society that this scourge can actually be confronted.

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