Hema (name changed) a hearing impaired student studying in Prabhadevi School for deaf and aphasic was sexually abused by her Principal (aged 42) and her Teacher (aged 37). Both of them molested her, showed her obscene pictures, touched her inappropriately and left her shattered in pain for a lifetime.
In yet another shocking incident a monstrous Dad from a small village of Rajasthan, India, bites off his 5-month-old daughter’s nose, lips and cheek. Little baby Radha can’t eat or speak properly until she undergoes an extensive surgery. The father chewed off his daughter’s upper lip because he was angered by the baby’s cry!
The list doesn’t stop here. W.H.O. estimates that 150 million girls and 73 million boys have been harassed sexually, mentally, physically, psychologically under the age of 18.
All kind of abuses (physical, sexual, psychological and neglect) leaves an everlasting scar on the child’s mind. They grow up experiencing low self-esteem, trust issues, insecurities, depression, development issues, trouble making friends, poor performance in academics, seldom talk with family, intimidation, psychiatric problems, different physical problems, trouble in having a good sexual life and can attempt for a suicide unable to bear the emotional trauma. Shaken baby syndrome is a common type of child abuse, which results in permanent neurological damage (80% of abuse cases) or in worst-case even death (30% of abuse cases).
It is very important to be attentive and cautious to spot a child abuse around you as soon as possible to get the help needed for both child and the abuser.
- Frequent injuries, unexplained bruises, and cuts.
- Trouble walking and sitting.
- Attempts to stay away from a specific person without any reason.
- Excessively withdrawn, scared and will be anxious about something bad to happen. Distancing from his/her parents.
- Runs away from slight touch or even a handshake or a welcome hug.
- Changes in sleeping pattern including frequent nightmares and difficulty in getting sleep.
A parent/guardian should have a very healthy relationship with their child and educate them about ‘good touch…bad touch’ and teach them how to avoid potentially harmful scenarios. Here is a video on child abuse and how to educate about it to your child.
Here re some organizations which are working day and night in this field –
CHILDLINE India Foundation (CIF):
This foundation aims at child-friendly nation that preserves all the rights and protection of children. CIF is a nodal agency of the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development managing and monitoring the child-line service all over the country. It is very important to be aware of the helpline number 1098. CHILDLINE 1098 service is available 24 hours free phone outreach service for children in case of any issues.
Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra
Arpan is working towards evolving into a national level resource agency on Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) which will be able to reach out to millions of children and other stake holders in India through its direct work as well as through its partnerships and capacity building activities with like minded organizations and individuals.
Website – http://arpan.org.in/
Let’s stand together and eradicate issues related to child protection to save our young gentle sagacious minds of future!