3 pm Apr 25, 2013
Rising sexual violence against children
Discuss the rising trend in sexual crimes against children with Vidya Reddy, founder and director, Tulir, Centre for the Prevention and Healing of Child Sexual Abuse.
12 questions answered | No question pending
- is it not also because, porn is easily available through net....and of course without doubt current movies do contribute. Asked by: S ESHWAR
- Vidya Reddy That correlation would be too simplistic to figure the complexities around the perpetuation of sexual violence against kids. HOWEVER THERE HAS BEEN STUDIES TO INDICATE PEOPLE WHO collect/ watch child sexual abuse images( child pornography) are more likely to contact abuse against a child than people who just watch pornography
- What is one good solution to cultivate awareness ? How such acts never existed in the 60s or 70s? Asked by: Paresh
- Vidya Reddy With all due respect Paresh, sexual violence against childrenhas existed from time immemorial. It's just that there was more ignorance, more denial, less media scrutiny, no communication technologies. Educate ourselves about child sexual abuse so we no longer will be ignorant, uncomfortable, in denial and most important will be able to put in the safeguards , empower our children
- What does Delhi child rape reveal about our society? Asked by: Sunil
- Why are children becoming an easy target for these kind of monsters? Is it their silence? Asked by: Shruti
- What makes you say that the violence is rising? Any evidence to disprove that its only awareness and reporting thats increasing while the crimes always existed while the society lived in denial? Asked by: Chandrakanth
- ACtivits like you madam, Why not propoganding good work doing by police force? If we citizens continue to disregard Kahakhi, Society will collaps & may revolt from police force? do you have any diffrent opinion? Asked by: Deepak Desai
- Vidya Reddy The police are recruited for reasons completely different from handling domestic violence and sexual violence. And after all they are from larger society. So till we change the manner of recruitment, recognize the unique dynamics of these cimes then only will we able to address them appropriately and effectively, with suitable training. There are a few good police initiative, but not sustained and institutionalized
- Is sexual violence against children really rising or is it that media has been successful in bringing into light more of such incidents than before? Asked by: Deepak
- Vidya Reddy My answer to numbers on sexual violence cases reported is that world wide it is the most under reported crime, so if there is more reporting, it shows the confidence and awareness of folks in the Systems. There is greater reporting and a very small increase in incidence. Until the media lets go of sensationalising numbers as a peg for their reports, the police and Govt are going to be running scared to allow cases to be reported and registered.
- What role do you see of internet and porn sites? Do you think restricting these sites will effect anyway to reduce or stop these incidents. Asked by: Rahul Kaushal
- Vidya Reddy Thanks for asking this very important question. There are huge implications arising from the intersection between information and communication technology and the gizmos which go with it and sexual violence. It has changed how sexual violence is committed and how the case presents. Blocking does not work, but giving kids an idea in and open non judgmental way about the threats and risks which these technologies also pose, is the first step, besides of course providing a congenial atmosphere to talk and discuss anything with parents or safe adults around them. . Giving laptops by various governments is a great idea but we also need accompanying online safety awareness
- How effective is the care and counselling for such abused VICTIMS ? Is there a government agency which assists in these circumstances. ? Asked by: sundar1950in
- Vidya Reddy Quite pathetic. Indian society - that is all of us still have apoor understanding of therapeutic intervention. We have very very few properly trained( note I did not say qualified) mid level mental health professionals. At one end we have everyone and anyone a " counselor" and the other end we have psychiatrists who are not more than 4000 for a 1 billion plus population.Furthermore Psychiatry in India is very pharmacologically based
- Are the new anti-rape laws ineffective? Asked by: Isha
- Vidya Reddy POCSO 2012 - Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses, was notified for implementation from November last year and is very comprehensive and addresses various gaps and lacunae which were prevailing earlier. But for a law to be effective - it has to be used by complainants, and implemented in the spirit in which it was created by the various duty bearers respeonsible for its implementation - Heath professionals, legal system, police, judiciary, we the community. Also pls remember there is justice and justice. Legal justice is what most of us subscribe to but the simplest form of justice is believing the child and ensuring the abuse is stopped and prevent it from happening again
- Will a more coordinated and scientific way of SEX education in school prevent such abuses happening ? If yes,what has been the governments's response ? Asked by: sundar1950in
- Vidya Reddy What our children need is personal safety education which has a large component of sexuality education, not sex education. Sexuality education takes into account understanding the accompanying psycho-social-emotional aspects of sexual development. Personal Safety Education is an extension of the safety rules we teach our children, that is, don't play with fire, look both sides before and while crossing the road etc. Besides empowering children to take part in their own protection, it strengthens the ability of those morally, socially and professionally responsible for the protection of children, that is, the State, parents, educators, and the larger community. Personal Safety is curriculum designed to protect children from abuse, specifically sexual abuse Personal Safety empowers children to take part in their own protection by giving them age-appropriate information, skills, and self-esteem. Personal Safety teaches children that their body belongs only to them and nobody has the right to touch them in a way they don't like or understand. Personal Safety teaches children to understand their emotions to help keep them safe, using fear and anger in positive ways. Personal Safety teaches assertiveness skills, helping children to stand up for their own rights without violating the rights of others. Personal Safety builds the support system of each child, including the family, school, community, and friends. Personal Safety builds the self-esteem of each child to empower them to practice assertiveness skills for their own protection. Personal Safety builds empathy for one another. Personal Safety teaches children that only the offender is to blame for any inappropriate sexual touch.
- Paedophiles ? definitely an unnatural way to satisfy the lust. Is it due to social restrictions,like monogamy and illegalising prostitution, which leads to such devilish behaviour ? Asked by: sundar1950in
- Vidya Reddy Sexual violence against children is not about unsatisfied lust ( though our Hon’ble Courts occasionally think so) or social restrictions, like monogamy and illegalising prostitution. It is committed by people who have a sexual interest in kids. Even here not all perpetrators of sexual violence against kids are pedophiles who only form one small group. While the media often refers to any sexual abuser of a child as a “pedophile,” the truth is that many who sexually abuse children do not meet the criteria for “pedophilia,”a recognized mental illness. A pedophile is defined as an individual who fantasizes about, is sexually aroused by, or experiences sexual urges toward prepubescent children (generally younger than 13 years of age) for a period of at least six months. Pedophiles are also referred to as “preferential abusers” because they often target children specifically because of the child’s gender, age, appearance, hair color, etc. While the percentage of these abusers is relatively small within the general population, their compulsive behavior makes them a great risk to children. Pedophiles on average commit 10 times more sexual acts against children than other types of child abusers. They remain the most difficult group of abusers to treat and manage.