Tuesday, April 5, 2011

CSAAM April 2011 - CSA Awareness month

Do check this link: http://csaawarenessmonth.wordpress.com/ for all the information.

There is this great initiative in the blog world about Child Sexual Abuse and the entire month of April has been dedicated to Awareness. Sad but true - I've experienced myself and heard a lot of stories on this from many friends. This is bestest initiative I've come across here in the blogsphere so far and Im trying to do my bit. And like I was commenting on a Sanju's blog, If a couple of parents read this post and realise that its a big bad world out there and they need to equip their child to be prepared for the worst, let the child know  that they as parents will always be there and support the child - I guess I would've done my small bit. Hats-Off to this initiative from Kiran and Monika for bringing up this topic and letting people tell their experiences - helping in some way to the healing process and best of all for bringing in the experts and teaching us parents how to handle something that is so obviously around but is all the time brushed under the carpet for various reasons. 

Children are innocent - lets help retain that innocence...Lets do our bit - please spread the message around...

Here is what it is all about:

Child Sexual Abuse is a topic which is rarely discussed in India thanks to the social stigma and cultural taboos associated with it. Nonetheless, research does show that over 53 per cent of our children, across SECs, geographical locations and age groups report some degree of sexual abuse.

The CSAAM April 2011 is an effort by a group of bloggers, both parents and non parents, to bring this topic to the fore, to generate discussion and awareness and remove the shroud of silence that covers it.

Across the month of April 2011, we will have over 40 bloggers and non bloggers write about various aspects relating to child sexual abuse. We have the privilege and honour of being associated with NGOs like Arpan, Enfold, Rahi and Tulir, web portals like Womensweb.in, South Asian Parent and Blogadda who will partner us in this initiative to spread the word about child sexual abuse and the need to talk about this issue.

We also will compile resources which will help parents, educationists and caretakers to educate children about their bodies and their rights to their bodies. We will also have survivor stories, first person accounts of those who have endured sexual abuse in some form as children and experts talking with us about the emotional and psychological ramifications of this.
The Blog-A-Thon will occur through the month of April 2011 and if you want to be a part of this please leave a comment or mail us at csa.awareness.april@gmail.com

And here's how to Participate:
If you would like to add to the discussion or know somebody else who would, please note that we welcome entries mailed to csa.awareness.april@gmail.com OR posted as FB notes and linked to Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Month Page OR posted on your own blog with the badge and linked to the main blog OR linked or posted on Twitter tagged twitter.com/CSAAwareness OR The list of 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 so that we can track your contribution and make sure that it is not inadvertently lost or something.

1 comment:

  1. Rashmi, truely a good initiative I must say. Its high time we build awareness on this topic. here are my thoughts -
    - Yes, most of us have been victims of it including me but fortunately nothing to damage my mental make up.
    - I’ve read this in my child bring up book. Believe it or not, CSA starts from home! Think of all those things like kissing the bums of our babies, squeezing them and things like that. Yes, ofcourse its not damaging in anyways but all it says is, it starts from there. So we as well as our relatives should be cautious about it and refrain from doing such things when the child starts to know about his/her body.
    - And I agree that it is not only with girl child, we need to be careful for boys as well. I learnt about it some 12 years back itself when I read Arundhati Roy’s God of small things. Anybody who has read it will know what I’m talking about.
    - Quite a few years back Badri had told me one of the girl project trainees who had come to do the final year project had discussed with him on she is disturbed about one of the experiences she had. At that time, I was like adenu maha even I have experienced it and it is so common. But I did not know how it could affect a person until I read B.T Rudresh’s book. B.T Rudresh is a famous homeopathy doctor (his Ashwini homeo clinic is very famous). I came across his book on the experiences he had as a doctor. Adralli one of the experiences was related to this. It was about a lady who had multiple problems. And it was all physical health problems. So he started treating her one by one. Homeopathy’s philosophy is like, they get into the complete details of a patient not just the physical symptoms but also a lot of things like their environment, history, relationships with first circle etc. He says when he started digging more and more, that is when he came to know the actual root of the problem. The lady when she was a teenager had a horrible experience of this. It was concluded that this was the root cause of all her health problems that she is facing as an adult. My God! I couldn’t believe it! I never thought these things could have such far reaching implications in one’s life.
    I pray that wisdom prevails on everybody and the world turns in to a better place to live in.