Vidya Balan joins Arpan as their Goodwill Ambassador – Bollywood Hungama

After playing the role of Durga Rani Singh in Kahaani 2 which dealt with child sexual abuse, Vidya Balan has decided to support organizations fighting against child sexual abuse in real life. She has [...]

After playing the role of Durga Rani Singh in Kahaani 2 which dealt with child sexual abuse, Vidya Balan has decided to support organizations fighting against child sexual abuse in real life. She has joined hands with the Mumbai-based non-profit organisation Arpan working on the issue of Child Sexual Abuse as their goodwill ambassador.

Vidya Balan fights against sexual abuse, joins hands with NGO Arpan as their Goodwill Ambassador

With the ever-increasing reports of child sexual abuse, we also know that the issue is barely addressed and there is limited acceptance towards the abuse. Further, it can have adverse impacts leading to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, addictions, and suicidal thoughts and can continue to disrupt the child’s life during adulthood if not healed. Arpan is one of the largest NGOs in India with over 100 social workers and counsellors which have contributed immensely towards the victims as well as spreading awareness on CSA.

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Talking about her association with Arpan, Vidya said “I first connected with Arpan during the filming of Kahaani 2 to understand the issue better and get into the skin of my role. I was amazed by the kind of work Arpan does on the issue especially working with children across age groups and their caregivers to prevent Child Sexual Abuse and heal survivors from the trauma of such an ordeal. As a society, it is critical that we look at how such a social evil can be prevented and how each of us can play a role in keeping children safe. Given the current scenario in our country, now more than ever there is a need for all us to step up and work towards preventing Child Sexual Abuse.”

Ms Pooja Taparia, Founder and CEO of Arpan said “It is an honour for Arpan to have a celebrated actor like Vidya Balan as our Goodwill ambassador. Vidya’s roles have always been inspiring and action-oriented. With her as our goodwill ambassador, we hope to influence many more people to speak up for prevention of child sexual abuse and to play an active role in creating a safe environment so that our children, the future of our nation, do not become victims of Child Sexual Abuse or have traumatic childhoods but have safe and happy childhoods.”

Source: Bollywood Hungama

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