23 January 2013

Gambia: CPA Holds Stakeholders Sensitisation Workshop

The Child Protection Alliance (CPA) in collaboration with Gambia Tourism Board recently held a stakeholders' sensitisation workshop on skills and knowledge needed for both protection and prevention of child sexual abuse and exploitation at the Baobab Holiday Resort in Bijilo.

Speaking at the occasion, Njundu Drammeh, the national coordinator of Child Protection Alliance (CPA), said that in Child Sex Tourism (CST) children abusers are of different types known to be situational child sex offender, preferential child sex offender, very small minority of child sex offenders and pedophile to name a few.According to him, situational child sex offender is by way of experimentation, sexual indiscrimination, or through anonymity and impunity as a tourist. Such a tourist, he said, does not have an exclusive sexual inclination for children.

Drammeh explained further that a preferential child sex offender is someone that prefers sexual contact with children in general or someone who has desires for children exclusively. He addedthat paedophiles suffers from a clinical condition/pathological disorder with their exclusive sexual desire for children and not for adults.

Drammeh noted that Child Sex Tourism victims tend to come from disadvantaged backgrounds commonly known as the poor- children living in the streets without education, dysfunctional or from broken families, and children abused at home.

Drammeh also described child pornography as any representation by whatever means of a child engaged in real or stimulated explicit sexual activity or any exposure of the sexual parts of a child for primarily sexual purposes.

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