WHEN one speaks of sexual abuse, girls and women usually come to mind and little thought is given to boys.
But, this was not the case according to the Children’s Authority which said boys were also victims of sexual abuse and must be protected.
While the authority received more reports of physical abuse and neglect of boys, instances of sexual abuse were under-reported.
The authority is calling on the public to recognise that sexual abuse of boys was perpetrated, not only by men, but also by women and must be reported.
“While society often accepted boys having sexual experiences with older women as his initiation into manhood, this must be condemned as it was child abuse.”