29 May The Sex Abuse Epidemic
A little girl age 9-10 is three months pregnant. The father of her baby is their driver.
A woman in traffic saw from her higher four wheel drive, how a driver in another car had his fingers inside a little girl as he drove her home from school.
A young boy had been sexually abused by his female teacher for a long time and did not have the guts to spill it for fear of what might happen to His grades to the disappointment of his parents.
An 11 year old happy extroverted boy suddenly became a sad, sullen, withdrawn introverted child. This is due to the constant harassment he faced in the hostel when his penis and that of his mates were constantly being measured by the older males.
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 Timothy 3:1
All around the world, there is an epidemic of sexual harassment and abuse going on; especially on naive helpless children.
They are threatened and bullied into keeping it to themselves.
Some are told, their whole family would be killed if they ever mentioned it.
Some are told they would be killed.
Some are told they will be given terrible grades.
Some are told they would be made to suffer all their lives…
What can parents do?
We should get better involved in the lives of our children. Win their love and trust so that they, to a very large extent keep nothing from us.
We should never trust anyone enough to abandon our children to them.
We should thoroughly educate our children on these matters, and remove every fear of threat anyone might give them.
We should always look at our children to know when anything, no matter how small or insignificant, looks different in our children. It should not be dismissed but properly probed to make sure.
We must pray for our children and trust God for a revelation of anything that might be going on with them.
Parenting cannot be successful without God. We must constantly speak God’s word over our children, entrusting them into God’s hand.
We must constantly ward off the enemy by speaking God’s word concerning our children to his hearing.
Our children are gifts from God and we will give account of how we handled these gifts.
Remember the parable of the talents- Matthew 25
Don’t you see that children are God ‘s best gift? the fruit of the womb his generous legacy? Psalm 127:3-5 MSG
What can you do?
Do not mind your business.
When you suspect any strange thing going on in the life of a child; your neighbor’s child, your pupil, your friend’s child, your nephew, your niece… Please do not be quiet. Alert his/her parent, guardian or the concerned authorities.
Some children might find it easier to talk to you. Open up yourself to the children in your circle of influence and genuinely care about them. God might use you to save one or two of them from a current or potential abuser.
When you suddenly feel like something fishy is going on and you do not know how to go about helping. Pray and ask God to intervene. Even when you think you know what to do and your are already doing something. Pray also.
I remember growing up, there are some things I did not learn from my own parents, they taught me so much but I learnt something’s from my friends’ parents, aunties, uncles, neighbors, teachers and so on…
So do not think you cannot be help to your neighbour’s child. God might in fact make your a life line for him/her.
If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: James 2:8
Are you aware of this epidemic?
Do you believe that you can do something about it?
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