In an effort to mitigate the abuse of children and aid those who have been abused In a bid to tackle abuse of children and aid those who have been abused get help, the Jose Foundation, a non-governmental organisation, has developed a mobile application for children.
The Country Representative of the Foundation, Mrs Eunice Pius made this known at workshop titled “Elimination of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) in Nigeria” organised by the foundation in Abuja.
Mrs Pius disclosed that the application, “CSE App” enables children who are sexually exploited report and get assistance.
She explained that there is a challenge of not reporting cases of child sexual abuse by families of victims for cultural or social reasons.
She said every six out of 10 girls have been abused and that the foundation was out to fight child sexual abuse and ensure that victims get justice against predators.
“We face some challenges which is largely as a result of poverty, families of victims drop charges when they are offered money.
“We are trying to make sure we put every machinery in place by involving the Police and the Ministry of Justice to ensure that any one guilty of child molestation, does not go free.
“Our children are so precious to us, we do not want them molested for it has psychological, physiological and intellectual effect on them; as victims life never remain the same,” she said.
The rep said that the foundation intends to end child sexual abuse in the country by 2030.
Pius called on Nigerians to support the foundation in the fight against child sexual abuse especially in the war torn North East region.
She stressed the need for all stakeholders to speak out and defend children, adding that success could only be achieved through effective synergy.
Pius said that the foundation was collaborating with agencies saddled with the responsibility to address extreme poverty to ensure better life for children.
Pius said foreign experts had been invited to the workshop to join forces with local ones to do justice to the matter.