Irene Aborchie-Nyahe, Director, Legal Assistance Network- Ghana, has advised teens to speak out when experiencing any form of abuse or violence.
She said violence or abuse normally started gradually and those young adults should not be intimidated by threats of perpetrators but rather report the challenge to trusted persons.
Speaking at the “Discovery Teens Chat” programme on the topic: “Child Abuse and Violence, Identifying and Preventing Violence and abuse,” Madam Aborchie-Nyahe said perpetrators could be family members, friends, teachers, community or church members.
“When you say it you will not die, you will live to save yourself and the nation,” she said.
The event was organised by the “Discovery Teens Magazine.”
Madam Aborchie-Nyahe advised the teenagers to be careful of friends they made on social media platforms and pictures and videos they shared.
“Do not share naked pictures on social media platforms,” she warned, saying, the Domestic Violence Act, Cyber Security Act, Human Trafficking Act and the Children’s Act provided punishment for offenders and one could serve a prison term from one year to 15 years depending on the offense.
Madam Deborah Aikins, Assistant Director, Legal Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, asked teenagers to value their uniqueness and not allow peer pressure to drive them or weigh them down, instead, remain focused on their goals in life.
She advised parents to take a keen interest in the development of their children to give them the needed guidance to save them from negative situations or influences.
Mr Stephen Anti, a Broadcast Journalist, asked them to uphold good Christian values, which could shape their future positively.
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