Why would anyone look at a child as an object for sexual pleasure? How can anyone look at a child as an object for sexual pleasure?
There's no answer. Believe us, we tried looking.
And so we changed the question. Now we're asking, how can we keep the kids safe from these sickos? Now that's a question that has so many answers! The first step-every expert, every parent, and every activist that we've ever spoken to told us - is to break the resolute silence around child sexual abuse in the country. So that's what we're doing.
On Saturday, 19th of April, some of the sharpest minds on the subject will come together to discuss child sexual abuse and answer questions from parents. Swati Popat Vats, president of Podar Education Network will talk about the need to teach your kids about safe and unsafe touch. Pooja Taparia, the founder of Arpan (an NGO to prevent CSA) will talk about how parents can have this difficult conversation without scaring the kids. Popular mommy blogger and co-founder of CSAAM, Kiran Manral, Cindrella Prakash, a CSA thriver, and Padma Iyer, mother of activist and CSA thriver Harish Iyer, will talk about myths, their experiences and brushes with CSA. Representatives of Majlis, a legal resource centre and senior police inspector Shirish Sawant will talk about the law and why it's important to shrug off the shame and report crimes. And finally, there's Dr Avinash De Sousa, who will take parents through the process of how to help heal the wounds.
Why are we doing this?
Because 53% of Indian kids
have experienced have admitted to experiencing abuse at some point in their childhood. That's 53% too many. We're going to change that. And we need your support to free this country of the epidemic that is CSA.
Buy a ticket, be there. Be a part of change. Help heal the kids.
Even if you can't be there, you can show your support by buying a ticket at http://makingconnections2014.doattend.com/. It costs less than what you would spend on a toy for your child but it could mean the world for a family struggling to rebuild their lives. For more details, contact Nikalank Jain on +91 9819266046.
See you there!