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Don’t allow children to go for sleepovers – Parents advised

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Parents have been urged to forbid their kids from spending the night at a friend’s house unless they are already acquainted with the residents.

In an interview, Harriet Odoley Klufio, a child protection specialist and advocate at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital’s Child Health Department, provided the guidance and noted that some sexual abuse cases the department has responded to happened during such sleepovers at friends’ houses.

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“When your children are going for sleepovers in their friends houses, please ascertain whether there is a male adult or an older male sibling of the friend in that household. We’ve had cases where some children were abused during those occasions so we are trying to discourage parents from allowing their children to do that,” she explained.

Mrs. Klufio, a forensic nurse as well, cautioned against the practice of male parents washing their daughters once more, noting that because the male parent would have to clean the girl’s vagina when bathing her, it would lead the youngster to believe that it is usual for any adult to put their hands in their private areas and, therefore, would not report such incidents.

“We should let the child know that wherever the clothes are covered, nobody has the right to touch it. Nobody has the right to touch your breast, nobody has the right to touch your buttocks, play with it nor touch your vagina. Once anybody tries to do it, they should report to an adult person around them. It doesn’t matter if it is their mother or not, once the person is an adult and can listen to you, report to them,” she advised.

The proper names for the bodily parts should be taught to youngsters by parents, according to Mrs. Klufo.

In this way, the kids won’t be embarrassed to admit they’ve been touched in those locations when they encounter sexual assault.

“So teach children the right names of the body parts. You mention the nose as nose, the ear as ear so what is wrong with calling the vagina, vagina and penis, penis. Say it because we’ve made them to think that when they mention it, it’s an anathema. We should use the names correctly” Mrs Klufio added.

 

 

 

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