Too young to be Naked – Sexual Abuse and What you can do against It

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Children are the most vulnerable when it comes to sexual abuse. It is the responsibility of the adults around them to protect their innocence.

But then, what really is sexual abuse and what can you do against it?

According to the American Psychological Association, sexual abuse is “…unwanted sexual activity, with perpetrators using force, making threats or taking advantage of victims not able to give consent.”

Family Science Specialist of the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service, Sean Brotherson, PhD, says that there are 2 forms of sexual abuse.

Direct sexual abuse involves physical interaction while indirect sexual abuse may seem a little bit harmless like voyeurism, exposing a child in pornographic materials or acts, and showing off of someone’s private parts to a child. You can read more about it in NDSU Publication Website.

The effects of sexual abuse varies per victim but according to  counseling.org, it often includes, “…depression, guilt, shame, self-blame, eating disorders, somatic concerns, anxiety, dissociative patterns, repression, denial, sexual problems, and relationship problems.”

Sexual abuse utterly destroys the lives of its survivors. The government abnegates this crime through Republic Act (RA) 7610 – Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act, RA  8353 – The Anti-Rape Law of 1997, RA 9262 – Anti-violence against Women and their Children Act of 2004, and RA 7877- Anti-Sexual Harassment Act of 1995.

If you know about a sexually abusive situation, you may contact the government agencies or organizations that can help in rescuing. If it involves children, go to the Department of Social Welfare and Development or Police Station’s Violence against Women and Children’s Desk to report such incidents.

The Bible says in Psalm 82:3 NIV, Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.”

In relation, Aubrey Juanta’s true-to-life story in The 700 Club Asia presents, Sais-Katorse, is about an innocent child who was sexually abused by her own father and how this painful past led her to a whirlwind of affliction and misery.

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Catch her story in The 700 Club Asia presents, Sais-Katorse, on Maundy Thursday, April 13, at 6pm, on GMA.

Do you need somebody to talk to? Call us at 737-0-700 if you’re in Metro Manila. You can contact us through CBN Asia Prayer Center if you are outside Metro Manila or outside the Philippines.

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