Parents and guardians have been urged to give adequate guidance to their children and wards in order to curb the menace of sexual abuse of adolescents and young people, that is ravaging the society in recent times.
The Oyo State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Inclusion, Alhaja Faosat Sanni, gave the advice on Tuesday, in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, during an event organised by the Oyo State Society for Family Health and the Oyo State Covid-19 Task Force Media Engagement, as a tool for the control of the rising cases of abuse of adolescents in the State, during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Sanni urged parents and guardians to also serve as models, not engaging in questionable activities and being mindful of what they talk about in the presence of the children because children closely watch and copy what their parents and guardians do.
The Commissioner implored young ladies and women not to walk alone in the dark or mingle with strangers to prevent being attacked.
She said, “Girls, ladies, women in general. We should all be aware of our environment. We should take cognisance not to walk in the dark, not walk alone but in twos or threes, making sure that we are not alone at any time. And also to the parents and guardians, make sure that appropriate knowledge is passed on to our girls to protect themselves.”
The Executive Secretary, Oyo State Public Health Care Board, Dr Muyideen Olatunji, disclosed that the Agency, with support from other partners, are making efforts to engage the youths in areas of youth health education and youth-friendly clinics in order to minimise sexual abuse in all the 33 Local Governments in the State.
Olatunji noted, “At any opportunity we have, we interface with them and health-educate to let them know the danger and be able to pass our message across to the wider community. We also have some youth-friendly services.”
He disclosed that the Agency had youth-friendly clinics through which youths are engaged and educated about sexual health knowledge to inform them and build their self-esteem so that the issue of rape and assault would be a thing of the past.