1 in 2 children in India is affected by Child Sexual Abuse. Our experiences and research suggest that acquiring the right knowledge and taking a step towards equipping ourselves with the skills to impart personal safety education to children can play a great role in addressing this issue. It is important to create a dialogue on this issue, take action, and change the narrative around child safety by looking at it through a lens of hope and not fear.
Initiated by Arpan, Child Safety Week is a people-led movement to raise awareness and encourage collective action towards addressing the issue of Child Safety. An entire week, starting from 14th November – 20th November, is dedicated to highlighting the importance of this issue through conversations and events for child safety.
Key dates around children and child rights fall in this week:
- 14th November: Children’s Day, India
- 19th November: World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse
- 20th November: International Children’s Day
Keeping children safe is the responsibility of adults. However, one of the most difficult topics to talk to children about is SEXUAL ABUSE. Most adults feel ill-equipped to discuss such a sensitive, deemed-to-be complex and tabooed topic with young children.
Various studies and interventions suggest that children who receive Personal Safety education demonstrate improved knowledge about what they should do if they are in unsafe situations.
The good news is that some organisations have spent decades working on the issue of Child Sexual Abuse to create groundbreaking, age-appropriate resources to assist parents, teachers and adults in their endeavour to teach children Personal Safety.
If you haven’t spoken to your child about Personal Safety and about Child Sexual Abuse yet, #NowIsTheTime to do it.
Join the #ChildSafetyWeek2021 to bring large-scale visibility, attention, and action on the issue of Child Sexual Abuse.