Girls Abuse

Some girls of the Oyibi Presbyterian Primary School ‘A’ have been trained on the concept of ‘’bad touch’’ and how to protect themselves from inappropriate advances.

The programme was held under the theme: ‘’Educating the girl child on bad touch‘’, and sponsored by the Chung Do Kwan Ghana Taekwando, in partnership with the Ghana Police Service, Domestic Violence Victim and Support Unit (DOVVSU) and the Department of Children.

Chief Inspector Evelyn Mirekua –Tutu, the Station Officer at the Domestic Violence Victim and Support Unit ( DOVVSU ) National Secretariat, said children are vulnerable especially the girl child who often go through a lot of abuses during the transition from childhood to adulthood.

She said those who abuse the girls include their peers and some adults within the society and a collective responsibility is required from all stakeholders to ensure that children are safe everywhere.

She said bad touch also means indecent assault and this is an offence which is punishable by law as it infringes on the right of the affected person.

‘’Every part of the body being touched with the intention of arousing sexual feeling is an offence but that is not to say that there is no good or decent touch’’ , she said.

Master Raphael Sylvanus Akoto, the President of the Chung Do Kwan Ghana Taekwondo, said the idea behind the event is to support the children to be able to say no to sexual abuse and know that any harm done to them should be reported.

He said the programme is expected to be replicated in other schools across the country so that more young girls could be sensitized on sexual abuse.

He appealed to corporate organizations to support the initiative to help reach out to many girls in the country.

Ms Ernestina Baaba Sam, the Health Promotion Officer at the Shai Osudoku Health Directorate, said sexual abuse has a negative impact on the victims and indeed affects the entire society.

‘’I think this is a great opportunity to empower the children to know all about sexual abuse, what constitutes it and its effects,’’ she said.

She said sexual abuse has physical challenges, because, one develops emotional or psychological effects and this can be a stigma which can affect an individual for the rest of her life.

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