Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (1)

The proposition of sex by God Almighty for humans was an act of His magnanimity to make us a co-creator. This power of creation that was given unto us was to take us beyond the level of creations to the level of Creators.
We can consider the fact that God Almighty at creation made declarations and all that He said came to being, for instance, when he saw that the earth was without form and void and His spirit had to hover around the darkn Earth, “He said, let there be light and there was light” when he saw that it was beautiful, He separated the light from darkness and that was how He continued, He would say, “let there be, and there was”
But when it got to humans, he said let us make Man in our own image, since inception of creation, He had been declaring, but at the creation of Man, he made Man and not declared, He first made him out of dust and the breathe the breadth of life into Him.
Consider this second fact, He knew Adam was lonely, so He made him sleep and took a bone from his rib and made a woman to serve as Man’s companion. After this, he commanded them to continue creating from there. He said, “… Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it…”
That was how man began multiplying upon the earth, “…and Adam knew his wife…” and gave birth to Cain, then to Abel, Seth and the multiplication continued.
Know that God could have just created the whole earth filled with human beings and rested, but He gave man a gift of re-creating human beings through sexual intercourse.
It all began as recorded in the book of Genesis 34, “Now Dinah, the daughter Leah … went out to visit the women of the land” and when “… Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, the ruler of that area, saw her, he took her and raped her.” Another version says, “… when Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he seized her, lay with her, and humbled, defiled, and disgraced her.”
It’s a thing of disgrace to a lady whose pride and dignity was taken away through rape.
Sexual harassment is a common practice in this world today, it’s so common that people who are faced with this challenges are filled with shame that they had no option than to seal their mouth because of the disgrace it has brought on their womanhood.
Sexual harassment or sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, these words can be used interchangeably. What is it?
Sexual exploitation is an act or acts committed through non-consensual abuse or exploitation of another person’s sexuality for the purpose of sexual gratification, financial gain, personal benefit or advantage, or any other non-legitimate purpose.
The act or acts of sexual exploitation are prohibited even though the behavior does not constitute one of the other sexual misconduct offenses.
Before we continue on Sexual exploitation and abuse, let’see what Global rights group said.
In a recent development, Global rights group, Amnesty International, has condemned the treatment of children arrested for allegedly engaging in terrorism.
Amnesty said the children were locked up alongside adult terrorists who sexually abuse them while military officials look the other way.
The rights group said this in its latest report titled, ‘We dried our tears: Addressing the toll on children of Northeast Nigeria’s conflict’.
The report examined how the military’s unlawful detention and torture have compounded the sufferings of children from Borno and Adamawa States who faced crimes against humanity in the hands of Boko Haram.
The report read in part, The Nigerian military’s treatment of those who escape such brutality has also been appalling. From mass, unlawful detention in inhumane conditions, to meting out beatings and torture and allowing sexual abuse by adult inmates it defies belief that children anywhere would be so grievously harmed by the very authorities charged with their protection.
The rights group said Nigeria must urgently address its failure to protect and provide education for an entire generation of children in the North-East, a region devastated by years of Boko Haram atrocities.
The report further stated that between November 2019 and April 2020, Amnesty interviewed more than 230 people affected by the conflict, including 119 who were children when they suffered serious crimes by Boko Haram, the Nigerian military, or both.
This included 48 children held in military detention for months or years, as well as 22 adults who had been detained with children
Most of such detentions are unlawful; children are never charged or prosecuted for any crime and are denied the rights to access a lawyer, appear before a judge, or communicate with their families. The widespread unlawful detentions may amount to a crime against humanity, the report added.

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