Nearly half of the children of our country have experienced some form of sexual abuse! Many children suffer silently from the trauma of it. Our silence is not helping our children. It is reinforcing it. Speaking about it will break the silence.
Healing is an empowering journey for survivors to lead a life free from the trauma of Child Sexual Abuse. Healing starts with awareness, and awareness is the first step toward prevention.
Powered by Arpan since 2019, Child Safety Week is a collaborative movement to encourage collective action towards addressing the issue of Child Sexual Abuse.
Child Safety Week, from its inception, has been action-packed with over 350 organisations, institutions, schools, and coalitions from 11 countries coming together to raise their voices and mainstream dialogues about Child Sexual Abuse. In India, following a directive by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India, 12 states and 1 Union Territory have observed Child Safety Week. It has got the trust and support of more than 50 well-known celebrities, artists and parenting influencers, including Vidya Balan, Neerja Birla, Rahul Bose, Faye D’souza, Tara Sharma Saluja, Hiten Tejwani, Onir, JD Majethia to name a few. A number of experts in critical positions in the government, non-government and other business have been fervent champions of the cause.
It is amazing to see the power that collective action has!! So, what are you waiting for? Be the change you want to see. Let us all come together to open the lines of communication, take action and support and protect our children because it is #NeverTooLate to ensure A Safe World for our Children!
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This Child Safety Week, let’s stand up for Child Safety!
There are many myths about the issue of Child Sexual Abuse. But it’s #NeverTooLate to know the facts and signs of abuse to protect your child.
The risk of a child getting involved in harmful sexual behaviour can be reduced if you have the resources to recognize it. It’s #NeverTooLate to learn about age-appropriate resources and how they help protect your child.
Parents, teachers and schools are an important source of information for children but while educating them about safe and healthy practices, every adult plays a significant role. So it’s #NeverTooLate to teach your child personal safety and encourage them to communicate assertively.
A child may or may not be sexually abused but making them feel safe with you is what matters. Let them understand that they can talk to you if they face any problems in their life. Convince them that it’s #NeverTooLate to disclose to a trusted adult.
Help the survivor, child or an adult, understand their own emotions and feelings. Let them know they are not alone and they are not to blame for it. It will take time but with the right therapy and techniques it’s #NeverTooLate to heal.
If you find anything wrong with something or someone, do not hesitate to say it openly. If you come across the worrisome behaviour of a child or any other person around, it’s #NeverTooLate to speak up.
Child sexual abuse is a global issue whose impacts are far more extensive. We as parents, teachers and community, unitedly can make a difference. Let’s make it a topic openly discussed without fear so that it’s #NeverTooLate to protect our future generations.