Child sexual abuse


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Finally after months of reading, discussions, info gathering, social debates and analysis my powerpoint presentation on a sensitive topic is complete. It aims to clear away the taboo around a very big problem which was under the carpet for so many years in india.:) :) its available on Slideshare.
* All Statictics are from government reports and NGO findings.
* Videos open on single click. there are two video slides.

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Child sexual abuse

  3. 3. STATISTICS SHOW EVERY SECOND CHILD IS SEXUALLY ABUSED !  Every child is vulnerable to abuse, be it physical, verbal, emotional or sexual.  More than 53% children report facing one or more forms of sexual abuse.  50% of sexual offenders are known to the victim or are in positions of trust (family member, close relative, friend or neighbour).  Onset of abuse is from 5 years of age.  Boys are equally at risk as girls. Source: National Study on Child Abuse in April 2007, Ministry of Women and Child Development
  4. 4. FINDINGS OF “STUDY ON CHILD ABUSE - INDIA 2007” BY-MINISTRY OF WOMEN AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT GOVERNMENT OF INDIA Major findings:  53.22% children reported having faced one or more forms of sexual abuse.  Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar and Delhi reported the highest percentage of sexual abuse among both boys and girls. Children in Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Delhi reported the highest incidence of sexual assault.  50% abuses are persons known to the child or in a position of trust and responsibility.  Most children ( 72 % ) did not report the matter to anyone.  Every second young adults had been sexually abused during their childhood.  Assam reported the highest percentage of sexual abuse (77.50%) who faced one or more forms of sexual abuse. 90% of the male young adult respondents in Assam reported one or more forms of sexual abuse whereas the figure for females in the State was second highest at 65%. The four states of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar and Delhi reported higher percentages of sexual  50% of the abusers were cousins, uncles and friends and class fellows. Across the country, every second child was being subjected to other forms of sexual abuse and every fifth child was facing severe forms of sexual abuse.  Sexual abuse of children was very often a pre-planned insidious abuse of a relationship by an abuser over the child.
  5. 5.  Districts surveyed in assam are kamrup and darrang.  Kamrup district has the highest percentage of Child sexual abuse , in india ,Delhi is 2nd highest.
  6. 6. CONCLUSION BY THE MINISTRY “Child abuse is shrouded in secrecy and there is a conspiracy of silence around the entire subject. In fact there is a well entrenched belief that there is no child abuse in India and certainly there is no sexual abuse in the country. Further, certain kinds of traditional practices that are accepted across the country, knowingly or un-knowingly amount to child abuse. Existing socio-economic conditions also render some children vulnerable and more at risk to abuse, exploitation and neglect. It is about time that we recognize this and take remedial measures. Lack of empirical evidence and qualitative information on the dimensions of child abuse and neglect makes it difficult to address the issue in a comprehensive manner.” All data are from the website of ministry of women and children
  7. 7. EFFECTS Most children quietly suffer, and don’t talk about Sexual Abuse, But we need to TALK about it, so that WE can PREVENT IT and CURE IT. Child Sexual Abuse affects the child negatively, causing : • Shame, guilt & anger • Fear, shock and confusion • Constant illnesses • Future exploitative relationships • Social withdrawal • Inappropriate sexualised behaviour
  8. 8. RULES FOR PERSONAL SAFETY TO BE TAUGHT TO CHILDREN  RULE NO. 1 It is NEVER all right for someone to TOUCH, LOOK or TALK about one’s private body parts except to keep them clean and healthy. It is never alright for someone older or bigger to ask the child to TOUCH, LOOK or TALK about their private body parts.  RULE NO. 2 If someone tries to break this rule, say “NO” and RUN AWAY.  RULE NO. 3 TELL someone you trust and keep telling untill you get the necessary help.
  9. 9. WAYS OF HEALING  Sometimes, despite our best efforts, our children become victims of sexual abuse. We need to help the children through this by the following:  Step 1 Recognizing that the child has been sexually abused.  Step 2 Helping the child talk about this experience.  Step 3 Seeking professional support to help the child heal.
  10. 10. Some of the NGO’s working in this field to reduce the frequency of abuse are : 1. Arpan – 2. Childline ( A part of snehalaya ) 3. Tulir 4. Save the children
  13. 13. WE CAN : • Aware our parents , siblings to take care of themselves in the right way. • Aware our colony/residence/school through seminars and discussions. • Effectively take part in awareness campaigns by the nationally recognised NGO’s. • Help any child in distress by dialing childline/police or providing the necessary help to the child. • Teach people around us to ACCEPT that child abuse exists around us and we need to act against it. • Donate or collect funds for NGO’s to do their good work . • Organise workshops to equipt children and parents with the necessary details and ways to prevent child abuse.
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