STORIES OF CHANGE
A 13 year old girl from an institution with a history of rape was referred to our counsellor when she disclosed a recent incident of sexual abuse. The girl visited another institution a few months ago and a staff member tried to put his hand up her frock and touched her private parts. The child tried to get away from him and immediately informed her caretaker Read More
Post the awareness session on Child Sexual Abuse with parents in a school, a 72 year old grandmother came to the facilitators to seek permission to attend the subsequent awareness session as well. She communicated that at this age for the first time in her life somebody had told her that the sexual abuse she experienced as a child by her own family member was not her fault.Read More
A Father of a 5th grade girl who attended an awareness session said, “We have 5 daughters in our family and we are three brothers who live together. I came to attend this on behalf of my other two brothers, as well.Read More
A 57 year old woman who had experienced Child Sexual Abuse contacted Arpan as she was overwhelmed after watching an incident of Child Sexual Abuse in a popular TV show. While watching it she started crying and didn’t know what was happening.Read More
A 14 year old girl was abused by a family tailor at her home in the presence of all the adults. The tailor touched her private body parts and smiled, no one in the room observed this. This made the girl very angry, sad and confused. She did not inform anybody about it until she went through the Personal Safety Education programme. Read More
A male child studying in grade 7 shared the way he used his learnings from the Personal Safety Education session to help another child. The child noticed that his best friend was far from his usual self. He was fearful, nervous and scared. As he enquired, his best friend shared that a new boy in his neighbourhood had touched his Private Body Parts and it had been a shocking experience for him. Read More
After Personal Safety Education implementation, around 30 students were absent for individual sessions across grades in both primary and secondary section. The trainer wanted to ensure that she met all of the children individually and approached the teacher. The teacher volunteered to call up the absent students. Read More
A child who had gone through Personal Safety Education was in their family shop along with her elder sister. The child noticed that a call came on the landline number, her elder sister answered the call but disconnected without saying anything. After a while, the elder sister kept the phone off the hook to avoid further calls. Read More
After the implementation of Personal Safety Education, during the individual sessions, a group of girls from grade 8 went to the trainer and said that they wanted to share an incident that had happened two years earlier. They shared that one of their male teachers used to find opportunities to touch and talk to the girls inappropriately. Read More
The Hollow Tree is a very good concept and is a good attempt to increase awareness on the issue of Child Sexual Abuse. Breaking the silence around the issue is very important. I have read each and every story on the tree and am moved. I will tell my friends to visit this installation.
An Indian Navy Cadet
I needed a safe environment in my school, and that was the reason I collaborated with Arpan, India’s largest NGO working on the issue of Child Sexual Abuse. Arpan has a very dedicated staff; you won’t believe they are so professional and discrete in the way they tackle situations. Parents feedback was very positive and they were very happy with the way the team had conducted the programme.
We are very glad to state that our association with Arpan in the academic year 2011-12 has been a truly enriching experience. It has been a learning endeavour to the management, staff, students and parents.
“Had Arpan not walked in, I do not think BCG would be so conscious and aware of what it means to keep children safe. Our reach has not just been the children; but all our staff and parents, which would probably mean almost 25,000 families. We are proud that Arpan walked in and we sustained our relationship with Arpan.”
I see myself talking to children who are shy, introvert and taking interest in their behaviour and changes in moods.
The staff from Arpan has educated children in the area of Child Sexual Abuse from grade 1 to 4 by giving them information on private body part and providing them Personal Safety Education. Each child was individually attended to and the concerns of each child were addressed effectively. This Personal Safety Education provided by Arpan staff has not only built up the confidence of the children but also given them strategies to keep them safe and secure. The sessions with parents and teachers have led to positive changes in shaping their perspectives towards CSA. We are extremely grateful towards Arpan for the program.
We have realised how important it is to tell our children about using the right terminologies for their private body parts.
Excellent work! Hope to see Arpan covering all schools in Mumbai. We are happy for the fact that our children will be learning personal safety. Also thankful to the school for providing great opportunity to children through Arpan’s programme of PSE. We are glad that CSA information is not only restricted to children and teachers but even parents get that information.
I am really very happy that the children are lucky to learn PSE. I wish I had sessions like these, & then I wouldn’t have gone through such situations in my life.
“Thank you for providing the much required, appropriate information for the students in grades 5 and 6. After your PSE implementation, one of the parents shared with us that her child has started communicating on issues like safe/unsafe touch which earlier she would choose to keep it to herself. We also want our children from grades 7-10 to benefit from your program. Please train these children as well.”
After PSE happened my husband and I are comfortable talking to our son about private body parts and there is more open communication within the family.
I congratulate Arpan for the kind of work being done with the children. As parents, we might not be able to talk to children about the information on private body parts the way it was taught in school.
The work that Arpan has done for students is priceless, and their work is commendable. It is very important for all our students, and we would like to thank Arpan for it. Because of this organisation, the confidence and self-esteem of our children have increased so that they can keep themselves safe. This program has increased their decision-making capabilities.
I really like the work that the Arpan team has done because I feel like there are some things in our society that people don’t talk about. But the Arpan team works for that cause, and that’s why it’s a good initiative.
No one had spoken to our children on this topic, neither did we have a discussion regarding it. The awareness session conducted by Arpan has been very helpful for our children. Talking about private body parts and related topics made us anxious, and we also felt shy to talk about it. But Arpan trainers spoke about it openly. The homework sheets that children were asked to complete had opened communication channels between our children and us and it have helped us a lot.
If Arpan had not walked in, I do not think BCG would be so conscious and aware of what it means to be keeping children safe. And our reach has not just been the children, all our staff and parents who would probably mean almost 25,000 families. We are proud that Arpan walked in and we sustained our relationship with Arpan
“The Personal Safety Education Programme has to be a part of the school curriculum and the system here. Two years back, when Arpan started the programme in our school, it was one year programme, not a one-off session. All of the teachers were made aware. Personal Safety Education lessons were conducted in every single class first, and then individual sessions were conducted with children. Because it was intensive, we were able to detect 7 cases of CSA in our school. I was shocked beyond imagination that this was happening in my school. Because of the curriculum and the content of the PSE programme, we were able to take the necessary actions to stop the ongoing abuse.”