What about our boys?
news Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute | November 13, 2014 | 09:20 am IST As focus revolves around sexual abuse against women and the girl child, the dangers that young boys are exposed to has slid into the background. According to professional counsellors at a workshop in Chennai, one of every six boys experience some sort of sexual abuse or the other, reported Times of India. The general consensus is that girls are primarily targeted by sexual offenders, leaving the boys unattended. As such, sexual abuse cases are under-reported. However, when parents themselves are unaware of their childâ€™s mental state because they are not allowed to express themselves, cases go unnoticed, said the report. Donâ€™t talk to strangers is the usual advice given to any child. However, it was pointed out that nearly 85 per cent of offenders in such cases were those well known to the children. What could help will be sex education to the children as they grow up. Counsellors said that explanation and clearing doubts of children as they grow up will help them understand and deal with situations better, said the report.