Before 2017 ended, December saw two gang rapes that became public knowledge throughout the country. One in Ashanti Region (Bantama-Kumasi) and the other in the Central Region. Both of these unfortunate incidents were by teenage boys in high school both junior and senior high schools.
Aside the high level moral corruption displayed by these boys, and the emotional and physical trauma their act inflicted on their victims (the girls involved), they also showed clear ignorance on their part with regards to the high exposure to sexually transmitted infections like HIV when they took turns to forcefully have sex with the girl.
1. All the boys involved did not protect themselves from possible STI that may be from either of them or the victim. Instead they all without wearing Condoms inserted their penises into the victim’s vagina. This act can be the breeding ground for STI transmission among young folks because of the sexually active nature of these boys.
2. The victim did not try to negotiate with them to at least wear a condom to protect herself from any possible STI. Negotiations in sex is a skill that is taught in sexual health education to enable these young girls to protect themselves. But she clearly lacked the knowledge and skill which endangers her with regards to STI.
3. Teenage pregnancy could become a resultant effect from these acts. Something the boys evidently did not think about hence their neglect of condom use.
The lack Sexual health education in our schools has become a health hazard for the youth and the nation at large. With the increasing numbers of adolescents engaging in early initiation into sex, the unavailability of Sexual health education is not only a great disservice to the young people but the nation at large.
Sexual health education among adolescents should be taken seriously in Ghana to help nurture a well-informed and well guarded population for a healthy future.
#Sexual health education in our schools now!
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