Mrs. Georgina Mensah of the Osu Correctional Home, has advised parents to educate their children on sex-related issues so as to broaden their knowledge, on the subject.
She said failure by parents in educating their children on such aspect paved way for them to get information from their peers and other sources which did not augur well for their development.
“As parents, there is the need to protect the rights of our children to help them become good citizens of our beloved country,” she added.
Mrs. Mensah gave the advice at the Ga Presbytery Minister’s Spouse’s Conference in Accra.
The symposium, which was on the theme, ‘The neglected child dysfunctional families and the effect on the child, “seeks to educate parents on the rights of children in the country.
“It is the duty of every parent to teach its children about sexual behaviour to know what is permitted of them,” she added.
She urged parents to use dialogue to address deviant behaviour among children.
ASP Freeman Tettey, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU), in his presentation, said it was sad to note that adults who were supposed to be care givers to children were rather abusing them.
“We are supposed to be giving them the best, but we turn to disappoint them. About 60 per cent of sexual abuse cases border on children because we are failing them, their perpetrators are adults who should rather protect them,” he stressed.
He assured of his outfit readiness to help clamp down on the menace.
He commended the minister’s wives for their initiative saying it would go a long way to help the education of both parents and children on the rights and responsibilities.
Rev. Rose Teteki Abbey, Clerk of the Ga Presbyterian Church, urged religious leaders in the country to join hands and fight against the canker to help in the development of the country.