PARENTS' LEVEL OF KNOWLEDGE AND ATTITUDE TOWARDS SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN
IMPLICATION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE GIRL-CHILD
This study was a cross-sectional survey research, designed to determine parents' knowledge and attitude towards sexual abuse of children in Enugu South L. G.A., of Enugu State. The instrumentfor data collection was the questionnaire and the population for the study consisted all parents in Amechi Awkunanaw, Enugu South L.G.A. A sample of200
parents (100 males and 100females) was purposively selectedfor the study. Results showed that the parents had low knowledge (39.2%) and poor attitude (36.1%) towards the sexual
abuse of children. Levels of knowledge and attitude of the respondents were independent of their gender and educational background. The implication ofthefindings of the studyis that the healthy development of the girl-child victim would be greatly jeopardized as a result of
the physical and emotional trauma as well as social mal-adjustment to the future
relationship with people. Based on the findings, it was recommended, among others, that schools and community organizations within the locality should sponsor education/enlightenment programs to make parents aware of the pre-conditions for, symptoms of and consequences of sexual abuse, so they could take precautionary measures
towards preventing sexual abuse ofyoung persons, or be alert to help victims early enough.