REACH OUT PLAN
In an age rife with technology, and a situation such as now when all of us are safe at our homes, we need to make sure that we are safe online as well! It is important to make sure that everyone is aware about child sexual abuse, its consequences, awareness about the same, etc. it doesn’t matter if you are male or female, child, young adult or an adult, you should be aware about a sensitive topic such as this and also spread awareness about it to the people they know. Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation has come up with this amazing campaign where we, the volunteers talk to our loved ones (friends, family, teachers, etc) and make them aware about child sexual abuse and for that I have decided that I will be inviting 20 people (and hope that at least 15 people join) and make them aware this topic under 4 sub – heads;
1. EDUCATE CHILDREN ABOUT THEIR BODY PARTS AND ALSO ABOUT GOOD TOUCH AND BAD
TOUCH FROM A YOUNG AGE
I will tell people about how, if children know about these things from the very beginning, they will realize if something bad is happening with them. We come across stories of children who are abused and/or raped but they are not even aware about what is actually happening with them until many years after when they learn about it in schools and/or their parents. So, the first step would be to make parents understand the importance of making their children understand differentiate between what’s right and what is not. I would also appreciate if the parents let heir children sit for the meeting as well.
2. MAKE SURE THAT YOUR CHILD HAS A SAFETY NET; A GROUP OF PEERS AND ADULTS THAT
HE/SHE CAN TURN TO IF IN A PROBLEM
Make sure that the child is mixed with good people, has a trusted group of friends he/she can talk to about anything freely. Also make sure that you, as a parent is someone who the child comes to first if anything happens to him/her and make sure that they never hide anything from you.
3. TRY TO UNDERSTAND YOUR CHILD/SIBLING/FRIEND FROM HIS/HER BODY LANGUAGE EVEN IF
THEY ARE NOT TELLING ANYTHING TO YOU
In most cases of sexual abuse, the survivor is full of trauma and is unable to speak anything, but by studying their body language you can easily tell if there is a problem. Look out for signs such as: excess sweating and need to go to the loo, unable to eat, sweaty palms, a very high heart rate and goose bumps. If you notice any of these signs, try and talk to the child and ask him what happened, if something has happened – who did it.
4. MAKE THEM AWARE ABOUT THEIR EMOTIONS AND HELP THEM EXPRESS THEMSELVES FREELY
Make sure that the child never feels intimidated by you. Let them express themselves, Always. Never let them hold back anything. Try and come up with fun activities through which they can express how they are feeling.
I believe that these 4 steps are good to make parents aware and be sensitive towards child sexual abuse.