Sexual abuse and exploitation of a child
Sexual abuse and exploitation of a child is a form of child sexual abuse in which person(s) of any age takes advantage of a power imbalance to force or entice a child into engaging in sexual activity in return for something received by the child and/or those perpetrating or facilitating the abuse.
Forms of child sexual abuse include engaging in sexual activities with a child (whether by asking, pressuring, or by other means), indecent exposure (of the genitals, female nipples, etc), child grooming and child exploitation, including the use of a child to produce child pornography.
*Parents should build trust by talking to their children regularly, asking about their day as well as creating a comfortable atmosphere for the children to feel relaxed and report any issue.
*Parents should give their children adequate sexual orientation and mentorship.
*Children should be educated on sexual abuse and other related matters.
*Parents should be attentive when their children lay complaints about uncomplimentary behaviors exhibited by any adult towards them.
*Parents should be vigilant to notice any sudden change in the mood or unusual withdraw of a child towards her parents, friends, siblings, a particular adult, etc.
Penalty: (State applicable laws and jurisdiction)
Section 222 of the Criminal Code provides that any person who unlawfully and indecently deals with a girl under the age of 16years is guilty of a misdemeanor and liable to a punishment of 2years imprisonment, with or without caning. If the girl is under the age of 13years, he is guilty of felony and liable to an imprisonment of 3years, with or without caning.