Let Children Be Children

The issue of defilement still remains a challenge, despite, the fact that different sectors of the society have taken a decision to speak against child abuse including defilement.

While young boys also go through difficulties when growing up, the girl-child still remains the most vulnerable, and statistics are there to prove that.  While statistics show that young girls are the ones who suffer the most exploitation at the hands of unscrupulous men (and women), unfortunately there are also boys who suffer abuse from not only men, but also women. 

For some reason, such men and/or women seem to see nothing wrong with forcing minors into adult sexual relationships. Most people who have never experienced such trauma in their life take the issue of defilement very lightly. It is not uncommon to come across grown men and women defending the perpetrator at the expense of the victim, giving lame excuses like ‘she brought it on herself’.  Unfortunately such comments frustrate the fight against defilement, rape and other social ills affecting children.  It is beyond revolting to learn of an older man being in a relationship with a minor, and to think some older men do not even have shame approaching girls (or boys) young enough to be their own child or nibling for sexual favours.

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