(Drawn from our School Outreach Programs)

  1. Who is a child?

A child is anyone below the age of 18 years.

  1. What is child abuse?

Child abuse is any bad act done to you just because you are a child. It is the physical, emotional, social, sexual maltreatment or neglect by a parent or care giver or individual. It is any act that is harmful, potentially harmful or threatening to a child

  1. How can someone know that they have been abused?

If they have physical injuries, pain in their body and/or private parts, and is sad from something bad that someone did or said to them. This includes beating, pinching, slapping, burning, verbal abuse or sexual assault as wounding or touching a child’s private parts like breasts, genitals, or buttocks. Emotional abuse is when someone hurts a child’s feelings by calling them bad names.

  1. Why do parents abuse children?

They do it because they are annoyed and frustrated and they don’t know the right way to explain it.

  1. If someone has been abused and she doesn’t have to tell you and you see her parent abusing her and she doesn’t want you to say, what do you do?

You can tell an adult who you trust will help you; like your parent a teacher, pastor, neighbor, chief, or police. You can encourage your friend to tell somebody who they trust.

  1. If I have done a very bad thing, do I need to be punished hard?

No, because it is dangerous and it could harm you. A parent or teacher should talk to you about what you have done. You should own up and apologize to them so that they can forgive you.

  1. What is sex violence?

This is the hurt caused to a child’s private parts like the breasts, genitals, or buttocks. When someone forcefully touches your private parts, or has sex with you or makes you do something with their private parts is sexual violence.

  1. What is neglect?

It is when you are denied your human rights such as education, shelter, clothing, food, medical care and love. Neglect causes a child to be at risk of diseases, poor health and affected growth physically and mentally.

  1. What is the meaning of domestic violence?

It is any kind of harm caused to you by a member of your immediate family such as a parent, brother, sister or house manager.

  1. If someone feels pain in their private parts and your father and mother refuse to take you to the hospital, what do you do?

Please seek help from someone you trust such as your teacher, take yourself to the hospital or report to the police.

  1. What is bullying?

It is when an adult or a child uses force, strength, authority or power to make children afraid or hurt them. This may include hitting them, taking their things or calling them names.

  1. If you see that you are being forced in marriage, what do you do?

You tell someone you trust or run away to a police station or a hospital or government centre.

  1. Why do children, when they get pregnant, not continue with education?

Because the girl has to be away from school so she can give birth and take care of the baby. The girl should not be ashamed and must aim to go back to school when the child grows bigger.

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