Pedophilia Absurdity News Narratives
Its Implications on a Girl-Child Behaviour
Keywords:Pedophilia, Girl-child, Girl-child’s Right, Girl-child sexual molestation
The need to reinforcing communication on pedophilia’s sexual molestation of prepubescent children in this post COVID era is germane. This was as a result of escalating rate of victims who died of sexual molestation kept dominating screaming headlines of the media in Nigeria. This is scary. A girl-child sexual abuse is seen globally as pedocriminality with a high risk-health implications like infections, HIV and urine incontinence. In extreme cases ,the victims lose their lives, virginity and maimed for life. This act contravenes the Child Rights Act of 2003. The study aimed to create awareness in media, direct attention of stakeholders on injuries inflicted on girl-children,highlight its implications on girl-child and identify strategies to minimize the oddity in the society. Four research questions guided the study: What are the types of pedophile’s sexual molestation of a girl-child, the types of injuries a girl-child suffered from pedophile’s sexual molestation, its implications on girl-child behaviour and strategies to minimize it in the society? Anchored on Reinforcement Media Theory. Survey design via purposive sampling of 73 respondents derived from two federal government owned hospitals in Delta and Anambra were studied. Findings shows fingering, anal, vaginal penetration, lacerations and bleedings. In extreme cases - death and destruction of victim’s reproductive organs. Respondents recommended media agenda setting, non-violent protest and strict regulations as solutions: The implications is that if neglected, the issue may worsen by year 2030 proposed by W.H.O to get rid of cervical cancer in Africa.