Everyone knows how often people suffer dating violence, rape or sexual molestation and this highlights the need for improved human rights protection in every 21st century society. A responsive, well-equipped and efficient governmental systems such as the police, policymakers and courts, including advocacy groups, are therefore required to curb the menacing impact from rapists, pedophiles and opportunists who habitually prey on unsuspecting teenagers and children.
Although women and children are considered the most vulnerable group, teenagers are also helpless for lack of adequate knowledge on sex-related issues.
On this premise, it becomes the responsibility of teachers, parents and educational institutions to access the facts and share them regularly, taking cognizance of some early warning signs that, most accurately, identify teens who may have been victims of dating violence, abuse or sex molestation, such as:
- Drug and alcohol dependency
- Withdrawal from social interactions
- Fearfulness around a dating partner
- Excusing a dating partner’s behaviour
- Loss of interest in activities that were previously enjoyable
- Visible signs of “suspicious” bruises, scratches or injuries.
Victims of sexual/dating violence are prone to suffering long-term consequences such as poor performance in their academics, suicide attempts and binge drinking. Although the emotional impact of abusive relationships is not quantifiable, sufferers are at increased risk of failed marriages, unhealthy relationships, dangerous lifestyles, moodiness and violence. Sex education therefore aims at teaching children and teens about healthy relationships, respect for human dignity as well as other actions, words and thought patterns that are right or wrong and must not be taken for granted in future relationships.
If you haven’t talked to your children or teens about what does or doesn’t constitute a “healthy relationship,” it’s not too late to start now. Sex education today is a lifeline that may save millions from misery in the future.
Sex education is taught in many schools around the world but should happen at homes, too.
“Responsible” parents are advised not to rely on classroom instructions alone. For instance, talking to your teen about not allowing anyone to touch or play with their private parts, using clear explanations on the reasons behind this instruction, is part of the sex education process.
Your child may listen in health class, but it is your responsibility to explain in detail and help them understand previously unclear lessons. The benefits including an ability and confidence to make tough choices about sex.
Notwithstanding how awkward this might sound; religious institutions also have a responsibility to teach children and adults on sex-related matters.
On this premise, the author Chimezie Kingsley Irobiko has written a first, highly-educative novel titled Angels with Broken Wings. He needs financial support (£2,500) to publish the book with a renowned UK-based publisher Austin Macauley. Your kind consideration and contributions for the £2,500 would be a giant leap for mankind and a source of encouragement for me. Payments are received through this PayPal link. On request, I can send a copy of the publishing agreement or Austin Macauley’s contact details for your confirmation.
Proceeds from “Angels with Broken Wings” will be used in sponsoring less privileged students to schools, organizing academic programs, and provision of accessible educational materials to students around the world.