Foundation set to tackle sexual abuse in children
With rising cases in child sexual abuse, Cece Yara Foundation, set up to address these cases, has unveiled a Safe Kids Awareness Programme (SKAP) across Lagos State to enable children recognise and report sexual abuse, and teach them how to stay safe.
The design and development of SKAP as a tool to empower children against sexual abuse became necessary following the Nigeria Violence Against Children Survey carried out by the National Population Commission in 2014, which revealed that one in four girls and one in 10 boys experience sexual violence before they reach the age of 18.
According to the founder trustee, Cece Yara foundation, Bola Tinubu, children who are taught about preventing sexual abuse are more likely to tell a trusted adult if they have or are currently experiencing sexual abuse. “The programme is based on the PANTS Rule licensed to the Cece Yara Foundation by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NCPCC) based in the UK, as well as a reformatted cartoon with Nigerian characters and references licensed to the foundation by ChildLine India. The program provides age-targeted training for children aged 5-7, 8-11, and 12-15 and includes teaching the children about physically stopping attempted abuse using power assertiveness.”
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