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UNICEF want parents to Act on sexual abuse of children

Violence against girls is an extreme manifestation of gender inequality and systematic gender based discrimination in society. The right of a children to live free of violence depends on the protection of their human rights as enshrined in the constitution.
UNICEF advocacy champion, Mr Peter Siele explained that in Botswana 22.7% young girls under the age of 19 are vulnerable to sexual abuse and infection. Mr Siele said that lack of parental support and care on children are among factors that propel sexual practices that lead to pregnancy. He added that in most cases, young girls are impregnated by elderly men not their peers.
He stressed that recent statistics of 34 pregnancy cases recorded at Matshekge Senior Secondary School in Bobonong, signaled that children start to indulge in sexual activities at a tender age. Mr Siele said it important for both churches and parents to come up with ways to shun up the pandemics.
Botswana UNICEF head of communication and advocacy, Ms Tuduetso Kelapile reiterated that sexual abuse among children and abuse of alcohol as well as drugs is killing the future of Botswana. Ms Kelapile shared that, it has been found out that children between the ages of 13-19 have devastated their future by consuming alcohol and indulging into sexual practice.
She said that, most of them get into those pandemics with elderly men with expectation of benefiting money, food and or toiletry. By Moses Moleboge

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