By Ransome Mgbeahuru
CHILD abuse has become a problematic issue in Nigeria. Millions of Nigerian children face the problem in appalling circumstances.
In developed and developing countries teenage pregnancy continue to receive increased attention because of early age at which adolescents engage in sexual activity and the result of unplanned and unintended pregnancies associated with the risk and problems of early motherhood, education and communication on reproductive health services. The incidence of teenage pregnancy has been very high in the Nigerian society.
Speaking with queen Joy Nwafor Chwukwu winner of miss Ugwueke, miss pride of Nigeria ambassador 2019 and the founder of Joy Chukwu foundation, an undergraduate student of Abia state university, uturu said, “a child is a priceless jewel that do not need any emotional trauma at early age and a programme is engaged to tackle this menace.
According to her, the programme aims at preventing the sexual abuse of children/ teenage pregnancy, which tends to encourage victims of child sexual abuse to come out and tell their stories via our radio talk-show programme.
Joy said: “we intend to use the platform of ‘The Psychologist” to address child sexual molestation in our society, to expose sexual predators and create a support platform for victims of child molestation, and to get the authorities to do more to support our children.”
The programme is scheduled to go on air soon after the pandemic ‘The Psychologist’ is designed as a 30minutes radio talk show programme and it will feature a special segment which will week in, week out feature real life stories of people that have experienced child molestation and teenage pregnancy whilst growing up.
Our stories are real life heart breaking stories of people that have experienced child sexual molestation while growing up. We have a team of researchers that source for true-life stories of Child sexual Abuse and Molestation.
However Joy said her foundation would not be doing this all alone. She disclosed partnership with several institutions including the Nigerian Police in umuahia.
Joy Chukwu foundation was established last year to advocate for the sexually abused children, victims, and teenage pregnancy