A tutor , Mrs Brenda Bepeh , has called for severe punishment for anyone found guilty of child abuse in the country.
Bepeh made the call on Saturday in a paper at a seminar on “ Child Care and Abuse ’’ , organised by the Catholic Women Organisation, Christ the King Church (CKC) , Kurudu , Abuja .
Bepeh , the proprietress of FRANGREG Academy , Kurudu , said that if child abuse perpetrators were appropriately punished , others wishing to do so would refrain from doing so .
In her paper, “Hidden Scars : Ending Violence against Children in Nigeria ’’ , Bepeh said a child could be abused emotionally , sexually , physically and neglected by parents, caregivers, and guardians.
The tutor said possible signs of an abused child were injuries , burns , bite marks, a sudden change in behaviour, loss of appetite , depression , among others .
She said an abused child was always withdrawn , feared to go home after school and displayed some promiscuous behaviour among peers.
Bepeh charged parents and caregivers to always enforce correction instead of punishment.
She described child sexual abusers as predators , who tended to target children who lacked love , confidence , self -esteem and played a role in the child ’s life faking to be caring.
Bepeh advised parents and guardians not to encourage parcels , sexual contact and unwanted favours from such predators , who were mostly related or close to the family .