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   Chapter 16 Fifteen

Adiya Amir By Adeyemi mariam Characters: 8694

Updated: 2020-02-14 06:39

We divided ourselves into three groups ; group A, group B and group C. Zaid helped us with with his influence and connections to get more people who are ready to help us bh broadcasting it through television, radio and social media.

Another president had been appointed ; a good kindhearted man who also supported us in making it part of the law.

I was quite popular, I was respected. I'd also made an appearance in the television screen live for the first. That day I cried the ocean. I couldn't believe it, I was emotional evoke. I talked about child abuse and negligence.

In group C, we designed the banner color green and white and our polo also, it have the logo at the back.

"Child abuse is one of the most dangerous things on earth" I started, standing on the podium. I held the mic trembling, Chidima came to me and cleaned the bead of sweat on my forehead.

Child abuse or child maltreatment is common among we Nigerians, especially mothers" I remarked, wetting my dried lips.

"Child abuse or maltreatment is the physical, sexual, or psychological (emotions) maltreatment or neglect of a child(ren) especially by a parent or caregiver. According to The World Health Organization (WHO) defines child abuse and child maltreatment as "all forms of physical and/or emotional ill-treatment, sexual abuse, neglect or negligent treatment or commercial or other exploitation, resulting in actual or potential harm to the child's health, survival, development or dignity in the context of a relationship of responsibility, trust or power." I read out from the slip I held.

"There are many types of child abuse/maltreatment. The World Health Organization recognizes four types of child maltreatment: physical abuse; sexual abuse; emotional (or psychological) abuse; and neglect" I spoke with shaky voice. Who won't be scared to speak to more than thousands of people?. I thought.

"Physical abuse involves the lack of parental warmth, or using of physical force which can harm the child; health and body. This includes hitting, beating, kicking, shaking, biting, strangling, scalding, burning, poisoning and suffocating. Much physical violence against children in the home is inflicted with the object of punishing. And corporal punishment also like;  hitting ('smacking', 'slapping', 'spanking') children, with the hand or with an implement – whip, stick, belt, shoe, wooden spoon, pestle etc. But it can also involve, for example, kicking, shaking or throwing children, scratching, pinching, biting, pulling hair or boxing ears, forcing children to stay in uncomfortable positions, bu

o now are our futures, leaders of tomorrow but if we don't 't take care of them now, then our futures and leaders are at stake. It maybe physical or emotional. Emotional effects, children who are constantly abuse grow to have influenced in how they react. They can grow up experiencing insecurities, low self esteem, difficulties in trusting, withdrawal in social in, trouble in school and bad in relationships, anxiety, suicidal thought. Also domestic violence takes a toll on children. A child witnessing domestic violence can also suffer emotion effects by detaching from school or social activities, aggressive, irritability. Physical effects includes broken bones, bruises, hemorrhage, death. And those who experience it may have addiction to smoking, illegal drugs, alcoholism, attempt suicide, sexual promisity and they generated later lungs damage or sexual transmitted diseases".

"Is there a causes for child abuse?" I asked but none replied.

"There is no specific causes but ; unemployment of the parents of caregiver, age of maturity, parental stress, drug abuse influence, mental illness etc." I added.

"How can we prevent this?" I asked but answered it, "by orientation. Before parenting let's have an orientation session. Supporting groups, interacting with the kids. Treatment, it is not easy to heal a child that was abuse. Abuse-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, Rational Cognitive Emotive Behavior Therapy, Parent–child interaction therapy and other forms of treatment include group therapy, play therapy, and art therapy etc " I said closing the leaflets I was reading from.

" Now let's support one another to stop child abuse. Let's save out young ones." I concluded and everyone clapped.


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