Preventing Sexual Abuse

Young people should be informed about and aware of their rights and their ability to exercise choice in reproductive and sexual health matters. Their understanding of human rights in the context of the right of young men and women to control their own bodies needs to be strengthened. Life and livelihood skills must sharpen negotiation skills among young females, both in general and with specific references to possible non-consensual sexual advances. 

Parents, teachers, health care providers and community at large should be sensitised on importance of communicating sexual matters to young people at an early age and facilitate a supportive and non-judgemental environment.

Also, there is a need to ensure stronger legal and regulatory environment that will be deterrent to perpetrators.

Read more about how to communicate with young people.

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