CHILD sexual abuse is a form of molestation in which an adult or older adolescent uses a child for sexual encouragement.

Modes of child sexual manipulation include engaging in sexual activities with a minor whether by asking or pressuring, indecent exposure of genitals and using a child to produce child pornography.

Child sexual abuse can occur in many settings, including homes, schools, or work places especially where child labour is common.

In Zambia child marriage is one of the main systems of child sexual abuse that epitomises perhaps the most widespread kind of sexual abuse and exploitation of young girls.

Apparently these sex perverts have no idea that their acts have telling effects on their victims which can include depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and physical injury.

It is also common in Zambia for a family member to sexually molest young girls in form of incest and can result in more serious and long-term psychological trauma.

The global prevalence of child sexual abuse has been estimated at 19.7% for females and 7.9% for males with most abuse offenders being familiar with their sufferers.

Yesterday the Sun carried a story of a 15-year-old girl who relived sexual encounters with her step dad who consequently impregnated her.

 It reported that a 15-year-old girl of Lusaka’s Chawama compound seeking justice has narrated how her stepfather sexually abused and impregnated her.  

The girl, whose biological mother is on the run after her husband was arrested for allegedly defiling his step daughter, is seeking legal help to prosecute her case.

The girl whose name has been withheld narrated the pain and trauma she went through as her stepfather got every chance he could to have sex with her.

My Parents were doing business – buying things from Lusaka and taking them for barter exchange in Southern Province.

Every time my parents went for business, I was the one who remained home and took care of my siblings.

My father used to return home earlier, leaving my mother behind to buy more stock and see how we were doing.

My parents would leave us for a month and that is when my father saw an opportunity and started enticing me. And I was in grade five then and he started having sex with me against my will.

And if dad came home and found a relative he would go with me to town and buy me chips and sausage and in the evening we would go visit any relatives who lived in a two roomed house.

Most of the time they would ask if we would sleep over because it was dark and I would sleep with dad in the sitting room and he would have sex with me at night.

And we would go back home the following day this went on for some time and my mother was not aware of what was happening to me.

I become pregnant in November 2018 and I did not know that I was pregnant. When my mother came home from her business, she noticed some change in me and asked me if I was expecting.

I had no idea what she was taking about. She asked me if I slept with a man and I told her, yes and told her it was my father but she refused to believe me that her husband did that to me.  

Founder of Vision of Hope Chitalu Chishimba said the girl was defiled by her stepfather and became pregnant and that the matter was in court.

It is clear therefore that unless government takes rigorous measures to reduce on such cases, the future of a girl-child in Zambia will be hard to portend.

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