How can sexual crimes against children be stopped? Anuja Gupta, executive director, RAHI Foundation, joined IBNLive readers for an interaction on the issue.
Q. Its very difficult to identify sexual abusers from neighborhood and relatives. So, what are the steps should we take to prevent child-abuse at home-level? Asked by: Shobana
A. CSA prevention is firstly about how you relate to and treat children, the kind of bond you create with them. learn to listen to children, spend time with them, notice their likes and dislikes. respect them as individuals with rights whose opinion is asked for and counts. You have to educate yourself about the issue so you are not perpetuating any myths and can give accurate information. Speak about the issue openly in your family with all adults and young people and come up with strategies on how you can keep children safe. Remember, child protection is an adults responsibility and not a child's. Then you can teach children about private body parts when you teach them about other body parts, in normal and not hushed tones. Talk to children about safe and unsafe touches and feelings and create a space for them to come and tell you if they feel uncomfortable in any way, regardless of who the person is that is making them uncomfortable. Do not insist children should respect elders and obey them only because they are elders. Elders need to earn the respect and love of children. Basically, talk
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