I read news stating that a nine year old boy has been subjected to sexual assault in Narowal. There was another news about a seven years old boy being who was assaulted in Haripur.
Sexual assaults in children have been prevailing in all developing and under-developed countries. The ratio in Pakistan for child assault cases has however increased since few years and from last year to this year, there has been a rising graph of 3 per cent. According to a report 44 per cent of boys and 56 per cent of girls have been subjected to sexual assault in the start of 2018. There are many similar cases that majorly go unreported.
However, it is to be brought into light that only girls do not fall prey to ferocious victims these days. Boys too are bullied, raped, harassed, tortured and assaulted. Assuming them to be a stronger gender, we as parents often neglect this crucial part of their upbringing where they should be taught about protection measures and should be encouraged to raise their voice against brutal acts. Being a boy doesn’t entitle anyone to remain safe and secure in the present times when wild beasts are roaming around everywhere freely ready to gulp down innocent children in their treacherous appetites.
If protecting our girls is mandatory, then so is the case with boys too. We as parents and guardians need to chalk out a whole plan about raising awareness in them regarding good touch and bad touch and their defensive strategies while dealing with strangers if, in case. Times have changed and so has the magnitude of problems and social issues. It’s a high time to focus on both for their empowerment and neglect neither of the gender because ‘He is strong. He can protect himself.’