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EDITORIAL: Let’s Protect Our Children From Abuse

Every child has the right to survive, grow and be protected from all forms of violence. However, most children around Fiji and the world over have either experienced or witnessed
20 May 2015 09:31
EDITORIAL: Let’s Protect Our Children From Abuse

Every child has the right to survive, grow and be protected from all forms of violence.

However, most children around Fiji and the world over have either experienced or witnessed some form of violence.

Be reminded that violence cuts across boundaries of age, geography, religion, ethnicity and income.

President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, when addressing the Pacific Conference on Ending Violence Against Children at Sofitel Resort & Spa in Nadi, said – “It can take many forms, including physical, sexual, emotional and verbal abuse, and may involve neglect or deprivation. Violence can also affect children in an indirect way – witnessing domestic violence between parents, for example, or between a parent and his or her partner.”

What treally hurts is that it often happens in the safest places for children – homes, schools and communities.

Let us all be reminded that children are our most precious gift, but every day children live in fear – fear for themselves, fear for their siblings and, in too many cases, fear for their mothers’ safety.

Remember that violence against children is not justifiable and that all violence against children is preventable.

However, many children live with violence.

Children deserve a better deal; and it is the adults who can make the difference.

“As you sow, so will you reap”…. goes the saying.

It, therefore, should be the most sacred and profound duty of the society and family to bring up children in loving-caring manner, free from any kind of violence and harassment.

Violence against children needs to become a public-health priority worldwide.

No matter how rich, no matter how famous, now matter how powerful you have become, everyone must answer for violent attacks on women and children.

Child abusers should be dealt with by the courts and sentences must reflect the damage they have inflicted on their victims.

It’s high time action is taken to ensure that the children can grow and get nourished in a good environment.

At one time, the English saying “Spare the rod and spoil the child” was the front-runner. Today in many countries such a measure will land people in jails.

Let us all be united in creating an environment that is free of child abuse.

It must begin from home.

The late president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela said – “Safety and security don’t just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear.”

Feedback:  maikab@fijisun.com.fj

 




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