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  1. 1. It's their time to play... It's their time to learn...
  2. 2. Child Abuse “Child sexual abuse or child molestation is a form of child abuse in which an adult or older adolescent uses a child for sexual stimulation.” Under the law, child sexual abuse is an umbrella term describing criminal and civil offenses in which an adult engages in sexual activity with a minor or exploits a minor for the purpose of sexual gratification
  3. 3. Effects of child abuse The effects of child sexual abuse can include depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, complex post-traumatic stress disorder, propensity to further victimization in adulthood, and physical injury to the child, among other problems. Sexual abuse by a family member is a form of incest, and can result in more serious and long-term psychological trauma, especially in the case of parental incest.
  4. 4. Types of Child Abuse Child sexual abuse includes a variety of sexual offenses, including: sexual assault – a term defining offenses in which an adult touches a minor for the purpose of sexual gratification; for example, rape  sexual exploitation – a term defining offenses in which an adult victimizes a minor for advancement, sexual gratification, or profit; for example, prostituting a child, and creating or trafficking in child pornography.  sexual grooming – defines the social conduct of a potential child sex offender who seeks to make a minor more accepting of their advances, for example in an online chat room. 
  5. 5. Statistics Most sexual abuse offenders are acquainted with their victims; approximately 30% are relatives of the child, most often brothers, fathers, uncles or cousins; around 60% are other acquaintances such as 'friends' of the family, babysitters, or neighbors; strangers are the offenders in approximately 10% of child sexual abuse cases.  Most child sexual abuse is committed by men; studies show that women commit 14% to 40% of offenses reported against boys and 6% of offenses reported against girls.  About two-third of the children abused in last few years, were girls. They were abused for a longer period of time compared with boys. 
  6. 6. Child molestation in Pakistan   Most of the victims belong to the 6-15 age bracket. Statistics show around twothirds of child abuses were committed by acquaintances including family members, friends, neighbours, teachers, clerics, guards, employers, brick kiln owners and shopkeepers and the rest by strangers including policemen, drivers and
  7. 7.    The number of child abuse cases have been rapidly augmenting in Pakistan due to absence of proper hindrance and cautionary standards adopted by the government, as well as the parents. As per a report, the most vulnerable age group of children is of 11-15 years, in which almost 25.5 per cent cases took place, followed by 6-10 years, with 16.5 per cent cases.
  8. 8. Child Abuse – a taboo It is a taboo subject in Pakistan but child molestation is quite common in our society, particularly in families where the parents or guardians are either unaware of the danger or are too unsuspecting of relatives, friends and servants. In Pakistan another kind of silent predator exists, that of the teacher or the cleric who teaches them the Holy Quran. The pedophile dons many garbs but the holy mantle is the most handy in this perversion. Not all of them are sexual offenders, but reports show that some of the offenders were disguised as clerics. 18 such cases registered against clerics in 2010 and 26 in 2011.
  9. 9. Our responsibilty...    to educate people on their children’s vulnerability to abuse and the ways and means for their protection, not only outside but inside their home,too. To encourage responsible members of the community to report cases of abuse/neglect and for the authorities to act on this information to help child abuse victims cope with tremendous emotional challenges.
  10. 10. Child sexual abuse is a matter of grave concern for the society. It is a global phenomenon and the developed nations had adopted strict measures to protect their children from such incidents. The government should run awareness programs throughout the country especially in rural areas where the cases are more, as part of school curriculum. Awareness amongst parents is the only way to stop this heinous crime. Parents must be very careful when leaving their kids with ANYONE [maids, babysitters, tutors and even family members]. Another thing to be kept n mind is that just because its a woman doesn't mean she can't be sick in the head.
  11. 11. Thank you!