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Foundation says early child abuse triggers disorders



Foundation says early child abuse triggers disorders
By Olasunkanmi Onifade
Abuja, Feb. 14, 2019 (NNN) The Child and Youth Protection Foundation (CYPF), an NGO, says early experiences of child abuse can trigger the development of an internal disorder in a child, if not properly addressed.
The CYPF Assistant Programme Officer, Mr Uche Joseph, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) in Abuja.
He said the internal disorders include anxiety, depression, emotional instability, inferiority complex and low self-esteem.
Joseph said adults with history of some form of child abuse, whether sexual, physical or neglect, had more chances of being depressed than an adult who had never been abused.
“Child abuse is a major life stressor that has consequences involving the mental and physical well-being of the abused child.
“It has been identified as childhood sexual abuse or neglect and its risk factors are responsible for the development of substance-related problems during adolescence and adulthood.
“Such negative consequences affect the future of such children, thereafter destroying the image of the community such a child belongs to,” he said.
The programme officer said children often suffered various forms of abuse ranging from child marriage, molestation, child labour, kidnapping and neglect, among others.
He, however, urged community heads, parents and various stakeholders to come together to create public awareness on child abuse.
Joseph added that they must also ensure that the Child Rights Act was domesticated in the remaining states of Nigeria, and for states that had passed it to encourage full implementation.
“Parents must join hands to fight against the menace and not to use secrecy to cover offenders under the pretext of protecting family names. The culture of silence must be broken.
“Parents should learn to correct their kids with care and love, so that whenever the child is faced with situations of abuse, they will be able to confide in parents freely.
“Community leadership and religious leaders must support the implementation of the Child Rights Act,” he stressed.
Joseph said parents should discourage their children from illegal use of modern gadgets that gave them access to materials with sexual contents, such as pornographic videos and pictures.
He said children should be allowed to express their opinions on issues freely, and not be afraid to share ideas they had so that they could be corrected easily. (NNN)
Edited by Oluyinka Fadare/Muhammad Suleiman Tola