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Breaking the silence against child sexual abuse



Umang Foundation Trust organized a five-day Child Sexual Abuse Awareness session with the compassionate team of Rubaroo. This session was successful in achieving its objectives of raising awareness, providing education, and empowering participants to take action to prevent and respond to child sexual abuse. By equipping participants with knowledge and skills, the session contributes to creating safer communities where children can thrive free from the threat of sexual abuse. 


 Child sexual abuse is a pervasive and deeply concerning issue that affects millions of children worldwide. It is a form of abuse that involves sexual activity with a child, including non-contact acts such as exposure, voyeurism, and exploitation through technology. Child sexual abuse can have profound and long-lasting effects on the physical, emotional, and psychological well-being of survivors. Therefore, raising awareness about this issue is crucial to prevent abuse, support survivors, and promoting healing. 


 Child sexual abuse encompasses a wide range of behaviors, including sexual assault, molestation, grooming, and exploitation. Perpetrators of child sexual abuse can be individuals known to the child, such as family members, relatives, caregivers, or acquaintances, as well as strangers. It often occurs in environments where children should feel safe, such as homes, schools, communities, and online spaces.


Parents were made aware of signs and steps to prevent it, as parents or guardians are the ones kids are comfortable talking with.

Parents were made aware of signs and steps to prevent it, as parents or guardians are the ones kids are comfortable talking with.

 1. The first day of the session was about children's parent awareness of sexual abuse and was organized to equip parents with knowledge, skills, and resources to protect their children from sexual abuse and support them effectively. The session focused on raising awareness about the prevalence, signs, prevention strategies, and support services related to child sexual abuse. 

A comprehensive presentation on child sexual abuse was delivered, covering topics such as definitions, prevalence statistics, types of abuse, and the impact on survivors. The presentation highlighted common signs and symptoms of abuse, risk factors, and the dynamics of grooming behavior by perpetrators. 


Children through activities, and situations were made to understand the actions to be taken. Educating ourselves and others about the signs of child sexual abuse is key to the early detection

The 2nd and 3rd day of the program educated children about sexual abuse and created an awareness with age-appropriate knowledge and skills to protect themselves from sexual abuse and seek help if needed. In the session, they were aware of "my body my safety" to understand the safe and unsafe touch. The session aimed to provide children with essential information, strategies, and resources to recognize, prevent, and respond to instances of sexual abuse.

Children through activities, and situations were made to understand the actions to be taken. Educating ourselves and others about the signs of child sexual abuse is key to early detection.


On the 4th and 5th day of the program - Individual counseling sessions for children who have experienced or been impacted by sexual abuse play a crucial role in providing support, healing, and empowerment. These sessions offer a safe and confidential space for children to process their experiences, express their feelings, and develop coping strategies to navigate the complex emotions associated with sexual abuse. 


Review from parents and students  

The session on sexual abuse awareness was profoundly enlightening for parents. They appreciated the opportunity to learn about such a critical issue affecting children and families. Many found the information provided to be eye-opening, as it helped them recognize the signs of potential abuse and understand the importance of open communication with their children. Parents expressed gratitude for the sensitivity with which the topic was handled, and the emphasis placed on creating a safe environment for children to speak up if they ever feel uncomfortable or threatened. The session's practical tips on how to initiate conversations about boundaries and personal safety were particularly valuable to many attendees. 


Some children found the session empowering, as it gave them the knowledge and tools to protect themselves and their peers. Learning about boundaries, consent, and trusted adults was particularly impactful for many attendees, who now feel more confident in setting boundaries and seeking help if they ever feel unsafe. However, there were also moments of discomfort and sadness as kids grappled with the reality of sexual abuse and its potential impact. Some found the topic difficult to discuss or were troubled by stories of abuse shared during the session. 


In conclusion, the child sexual abuse awareness session catalyzes change, inspiring individuals and communities to take proactive steps toward preventing and addressing child sexual abuse. By fostering collaboration, compassion, and commitment, we can create a future where every child is safe, valued, and respected. 

 

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