Friday, April 01, 2011

Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Month – April 2011

The statistics on sexual abuse of children in downright frightening. According to a recent study, over 53% of children reported having faced some sort of sexual abuse. Just in case that didn't quite sink in - FIFTY THREE PER CENT. That is freaking more than half of our children. What's even worse? In 50% of these cases, the perpetrator of this awful act is a person known and trusted by the child and his/ her family.

It is not a small problem. It's not something we can wish away or pretend that it doesn't exist. It's not a dirty little secret to be locked away into the family vault, leaving the child to bear the burden of the guilt and scars from the abuse, while the sicko who deserves all the blame walks scot-free.

All through April, over 40 bloggers are coming together to talk about various aspects of Child Sexual Abuse. Their posts can be seen on their blogs as well as on the CSAAM blog. The CSAAM blog will also feature survivor stories and posts by experts and NGOs working in these fields.

You can join in our efforts to make the world a safer place for our children. If you want to join the discussion, or know someone else who would like to, entries are welcomed and can be submitted in any of the following ways:
A list of suggested topics is available here. Anonymous contributions are accepted and requests for anonymity will, of course, be honoured. Please remember to send in a mail with all necessary links or just your input to csa.awareness.april@gmail.com to ensure that your contribution is captured and tracked.

You could also support this initiative by putting the CSAAM logo on the sidebar of your blog or website. Here's the code:

6 comments:

  1. Preeti3:25 pm

    OMG! 53%!!!!! I am in shock!!!! Tried to visit the blog u've linked to, but getting a Page not Found error at the other end. Hope that some helpful advice comes our way wrt how to prevent our kids from falling victims to such abuse. It is probably one of our worst nightmares...

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  2. My mistake. The link was wrong. It's working now.

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  3. Many years back I was listening to a late night radio show in Delhi and I was shocked to learn how many girls from good families are molested by their fathers. Sad

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  4. Dear Rohini,
    Yours was the second post I read on this subject yesterday, and it prompted me to write a little about it too.
    I have used the last few paragraphs (about CSAAM and later) verbatim from your post (with a reference to you). Please let me know if this is ok. Thanks!

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  5. [Pesto] It's not just sad, it is downright disgusting. Bad enough that kids are abused but when the perpetrator is their own parent, it is seriously depraved!

    [Aparna] Of course it's ok. Please mail the CSA team in case you want to contribute to the CSA blog.

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  6. Hi Rohini,
    great initiative, appreciate the effort.
    The funny thing is that in all these years of growing up, it is now that people are opening up and talking of the abuse they have gone through in various stages of life. A good thing. And what angers me most is the hurt and guilt that is left behind. The guilt of being born...
    Jaya

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