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Sexual Abuse of Minors, Vulnerable Adults Rising in Barracks – COAS

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Farouk Yahaya, on Tuesday, decried the increasing cases of sexual abuse within military across the country.

He blamed the menace on the absence of soldiers at the home front as they are always away to protect the nation from external and internal forces.

The COAS who was represented by Brigadier General Mark Mamman, the Commandant of the Nigeria Army School of Military Engineering, NASME, disclosed this at the 2021 Conference of Nigerian Armed Forces Catholic Chaplains in Makurdi, Benue State, with the theme ‘The role of military chaplains in present-day challenges of insecurity and moral decadence’.

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He said, “It is pertinent to note that most of our barracks and formations are gradually being flooded with cases of sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults.

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“Thus, your theme for this combined conference, ‘Protection/Safeguarding of Minors and Vulnerable Adults in NA Formations: The Role of the Chaplain’, is important to addressing the causes and solutions to such menace.

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“The horrible effect of experiencing abuse and neglect in childhood can lead to adverse outcomes in adulthood.

“The consequences of experiencing child abuse do vary considerably. For some adults, the effects of child abuse and neglect are chronic and debilitating, which can lead to debased character and behaviour.”

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