To further deepen the awareness of the fight against child sexual exploitation, a Nigerian international non governmental organisation, Jose Foundation, has commenced a global campaign tagged #SAY_NO_TO_CSE. Toward this goal, it has planned a workshop for Abuja on tackling the menace.
The five-day workshop is aimed at training teachers, children, stakeholders and parents in Abuja and to spread to schools across the country.
Also, parents of the children abused in Rotherham, UK, will be part of the programme in Nigeria and will be working closely with experts to share their experiences to help children, families and communities across the country.
In a statement, the Foundation president, Prince Martins Abhulimhen, said the new campaign has become necessary in view of the changing trend of information dissemination and communication pattern.
The new strategy is to further send the message that taking advantage of children by sexually exploiting them is evil and is destroying the future of the millions of children trapped in that circle.
He said Jose Foundation will not rest until the act and the culture of silence is put to an end and offenders punished according to the laws of countries involved.
According to Abhulimhen, it is planning to set up a Therapy Centre in the federal capital after its training seminar to care for victims of child sexual exploitation in partnership with its UK experts.
“As we begin our global campaign to speak out against Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) awareness, we challenge you to take up our campaign logo, take a picture and send to our mail: email@example.com just like Ambassador Jean Pillard, former Haiti envoy to UK did, for our first CSE workshop coming up in Abuja, Nigeria. It is our collective responsibility to stamp out CSE in our society,” he said.
As part of efforts at curbing the rising cases of child sexual abuse all over the world, Jose Foundation in collaboration with United Kingdom experts have been engaging stakeholders in Nigeria and the UK to find a solution to the increasing cases of child sexual abuse in Nigeria and other nations.
It also launched an App ‘Stop CSE’ to report abuses by victims on Android devices available on Google Play Store and Apple IOS to act a whistle blowing device to victims of CSE.