Children First Before Institution, Says President Obama

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As the world changes from the conservative to being liberated, issues regarding sexuality go hand in hand. One of common cases is sexual abuse. It is considered as the forcing of sexual behavior towards others and also referred to as molestation. Sad to say, it happens even to children. When the act of inflicting sexual acts to children, younger than the age of consent, it is known as child sexual abuse. Aside from a direct sexual contact, it is also considers as child sexual abuse by merely exposing their genitals offensively to a child, displays pornography or uses a child in pornography and threat the child to engage in a sexual activity.

Detrimental effects post harm when the child grows up. These includes guilt and self-blame, flashbacks, nightmares, insomnia, fear of things associated with the abuse (including objects, smells, places, doctor’s visits, etc.), self-esteem issues, sexual dysfunction, chronic pain, addiction, self-injury, suicidal ideation, somatic complaints, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, other mental illnesses,  propensity to re-victimization in adulthood, and physical injury to the child, among other problems. It is also found out that victims of child sex abuse are over six times more likely to commit suicide and eight times more likely to repeatedly attempt suicide.

Recent issues about child sexual abuse happens in the mere vicinity of the school or people involved are composed of university or school personnels. Every academe has the responsibility of protecting their students in one way and another instead of exposing them to harm. Proper standards and regulations should be followed to avoid and prevent happenings like this.

Concrete, recent event is the abuse of young boys at Penn State when a one-time assistant couch abuse them and the school officials failed to respond immediately to it. It led to the career and of the long time head coach Joe Paterno. President Barrack Obama said that it was a “heartbreaking” event.

At a news conference Sunday after the APEC summit in Hawaii, President Barrack Obama said that “college athletic programs are fun and can be important”. But headed that the thrill they generate shouldn’t get in the way of protecting vulnerable youngsters. And he says the lesson is that when people see something wrong, they have to “step up.”

He also expresses his comment that above any school activities, protecting children’s safety is always comes first. Protecting the integrity of the academe will not lead to any better; instead it will post long tern harmful effects to not only to the victims but also to the perpetrator.




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