Quote on Recent Child Sexual Abuse Case in Chennai - World Visi
I am writing to you on behalf of World Vision India, and in the context of the recent child sexual abuse case that has come to light in Chennai. We wish to share the following statement by Joseph Wesley- Child Protection Specialist, World Vision India.
World Vision India is a humanitarian organization that works to create lasting change in the lives of children, their families and communities through development, relief and advocacy work.
“The abuse of a 11 year old child with special needs in Chennai brings to light the extreme vulnerability faced by our children. It is understood from the recorded judicial statement that the child was video graphed, intimidated and drugged for over seven months which explains the long silence of the child . According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) and World Bank -World Disability Report (2012), Children with disabilities are almost four times more likely to experience violence. Perpetrators target such vulnerable children and exploit their inability to communicate incidents of violence, abuse, stigma or isolation. It is hard for any child to muster courage, trust people and disclose abuse and it is even more harder for children with special needs. World Vision India believes it is important to factor a reporting mechanism into our educational system to address child sexual abuse and violence especially for all children. Schools need to create a trusted environment and incorporate tools to create awareness to report all forms of violence and address the same. Teachers should be capacitated on the issue of Child Sexual Abuse. Onus also lies with the parents to monitor their child’s behavior regularly and initiate dialogues on Child Sexual Abuse.
World Vision India has initiated a nationwide public campaign- It takes Every Indian to End Child Sexual Abuse in India by 2021. The campaign aims to positively impact the lives of 10 million of most vulnerable girls and boys, making a significant contribution towards ending sexual violence of children as a contribution toward realizing the Sustainable Development Goals for children. As part of the campaign World Vision India has developed a manual on child safety. The book, My Body! What I Say Goes!- is a comprehensive, empowering and age-appropriate children's book which is aimed to teach children about respect, consent and body boundaries. It also explores safe and unsafe feelings, early warning signs, a safety network, safe and unsafe touch and the difference between secrets and surprises. The book will be shared with schools and communities in World Vision India's intervention areas present across 25 states and Delhi.