Today I have decided to address here this question which many people have always asked me. Each and every forum I discuss the protection of children from sexual abuse, this question often pops out: why would a full-fledge adult choose to sexually abuse an under-age child when there are a lot of fellow adults around? What is the fascinating thing about a child’s under-developed body that entices a man?
It is crazy but it keeps happening all over the world. Even as we are discussing this some children somewhere are undergoing sexual abuse. We have reports where even babies in pampers were violated; and some died in the process. It is global, and cuts across tribes and nations, only differing in degree and frequency.
Why do they do it?
We remember I wrote some time ago about a group of people who identified themselves as MAPs (Minor Attracted Persons). Disgusting! These ones claim that by their nature they are attracted sexually only to minors. This group can fall into the ones identified by Psychology as ‘Paedophiles’, and their disorder is termed by psychologists as ‘paedophilia’. Paedophilia is defined as a psychological disorder which makes minors attractive to adults. These ones derive pleasure even by mere seeing a baby’s genital or a little child’s laps.
So one reason adduced is psychological disorder.
Second reason is the belief that sex with a minor cures HIV. What a lunatic belief! This crazy belief started years ago in South Africa after the outbreak of HIV/AIDS. We know that this belief spread like wild fire. That was why in any case of child sexual abuse we insisted that the culprit be tested for HIV. I remember the case of an 8-year old girl who was raped in turns by Mr. Opurum (42) and Mr. Omokaro (30) in Yaba Lagos some years ago. When charged to court, the duo of Opurum and Omokaro were sent for HIV test. Lo and behold, they came out positive! Definitely, they must have been aware of their health status, and must have picked the 8-year old girl as their ‘cure’
The third reason is for ritual purposes. Yes, you heard me right! Our little ones are being violated for ritual purposes. Some people have been made to believe by their witch doctors that sleeping with minors would boost their health, their wealth or business. A case in point is that of a former Chinese lawmaker and businessman some years ago. Precisely in January 2008, a court in China convicted one WU TIANXI for defiling minors. This former lawmaker and businessman was told by his sorcerer that his business would be boosted if he slept with ten virgins. This man decided that he was going to make it big; so he gave himself a target of 100 virgins (minors being the assured virgins). He had succeeded in defiling 20 minors before he was caught, prosecuted, convicted and sentenced to death.
We also have a case of one General Overseer of a church in Lagos who was accused by some teenage boys of sexually assaulting them. Their report was that the said pastor would use handkerchief to collect the sperm of the boy victims. He was reported as having sexually assaulted each of the seven boys separately after confirming from them that they had started having ‘wet dreams’, and had never had any sexual act with anyone.
It was when one of the boy victims confided in his mother that the whole secret leaked leading to the arrest of the General Overseer.
On another occasion a little girl of about 4 years old reported to her mother that the mothers business neighbor used a white handkerchief to wipe her genital after violating her; that the man folded the handkerchief carefully and went away with it.
Another reason is in the confession of one man. The molester said he was going after minors in the age age bracket of 10 and 14 because he was poor, and those young ones would not be making financial demands on him. He said that just soft drinks and snacks were all those young ones would be satisfied with; and no commitment. He also revealed a sub reason. He stated that there was too much promiscuity among bigger girls, so he feared contracting HIV, and decided to stick to the pure and innocent minors.
I also got a very vital point from this man’s confession. He said he was careful to choose those minors that had no free communication with their parents or guardians, and could keep the secret.
I hope you find this is as much revealing as I found it. May we all be determined to keep our children safe.