Child Abuse is a physical, psychological maltreatment and sexual molestation of a child. It has become nowadays an international issue. No matter the location, every nation is showing a similar trend in child abuse. A statement released by UNICEF representative to India, states, “It is alarming that too many of these cases are children. One in three rape victims is a child. More than 7,200 children including infants are raped every year; experts believe many more cases go unreported. Given the stigma attached to rapes, especially when it comes to the children, this is most likely only the tip of the iceberg.”
(please refer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Child_sexual_abuse_in_India)
Childhood is the best phase of life and we should always cherish our childhood memories. But when our childhood memories are turned into trauma and pain, then we never wanted to them recall it back.
In India, there was a Study conducted on Child Abuse in the year 2007 by the Ministry of Women and Child Development of India, and the major findings were literally shocking to nature. It showed
- 53.22% of children reported having faced one or more forms of the sexual abuse.
- 50% abuses are persons known to the child or in a position of trust and responsibility
- Two out of every Three children are physically abused, and they are abused by their parents.
- Every second child reported facing emotional abuse (Please Refer: .https://www.childlineindia.org.in/pdf/MWCD-Child-Abuse-Report.pdf)
How can we identify an abuser pertaining to sexual assault?
An abuser is not different from us, neither he/she has got some special identity or looks. He/she is same like us, but the study reveals that they have got a charming personality, and they are able to grab the attention of kids very quickly. They spend substantially more time with kids. So, an alertness is needed from the parents so as to protect their kids from being assaulted.
Effects of Child Abuse
Child abuse severely affects the mental and as well as the physical development of a child. The children who have suffered abuse whether it is physical or sexual, they grow up experiencing insecurities, low self-esteem, and lack of development. Many abused children experience ongoing difficulties with trust, social withdrawal, trouble in school, and forming relationships.
We, the adults, can definitely Stop Child Abuse.
- Being an adult, we should support our children’s words and trust them. We should understand their feelings and behavior. We should listen to them, understand them what they are trying to express.
- Teach them about the sexual abuse. Conduct a friendly workshop with them which make them understand about ‘Good Touch and Bad Touch.’
- Tell them that there should be no secret kept between them. If anything wrong happens to them, convey it directly to the parents or to the person they trust the most.
- And last but not the least, teach them the importance of the word ‘NO’. This word can act sometimes like a sword.
Pic Courtesy: Swati Popat Vats
So, please come to a step forward, spread awareness, and say “NO” to Child Abuse.