Sunday, March 12, 2006

First local study on child sexual abuse ready

Date:10/03/2006 URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2006/03/10/stories/2006031008560100.htm

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First local study on child sexual abuse ready

Staff Reporter

TOWARDS CHILD SAFETY: Andal Damodharan of the Indian Council for Child Welfare, Tamil Nadu, and Chennai Collector N. Murganandam release a workbook on child personal safety in Chennai on Thursday.

CHENNAI: The first comprehensive local study on child sexual abuse was conducted and presented by Tulir — Centre for the Prevention & Treatment of Sexual Abuse, at a seminar here on Thursday.

The study has found that 42 per cent of the 2211 children, mostly adolescents, surveyed have been abused. The data, collected by self-reporting anonymous questionnaires filled mainly by class eleven students in schools within the Chennai Corporation zone limits, shatters several myths about abuse.

The proportion of children abused in the higher income groups was found to be marginally higher than the proportion among children from families with income below Rs. 6,000. It was slightly higher among joint families than nuclear families.

Of the 1,364 girls and 847 boys, around 48 per cent of the boys reported abuse as compared to the 39 per cent of girls who did so.

The most commonly reported forms of abuse were abusers touching children's private parts, exhibitionism and forcing or tricking children into watching pornography.

Around 15 per cent of children reported severe forms of abuse. Family members, acquaintances and people well known to the child formed the larger percentage of those who perpetrated severe forms of abuse. `Stranger danger' was not found to be significant.

Around 62 per cent of children told no one for a variety of reasons. A significant number requested information on personal safety.

A personal safety handbook that helps children to express emotions and suggests alternatives to putting up silently with abuse was also released.

The report will be circulated among policy makers to strengthen an initiative to bring about a comprehensive law addressing child sexual abuse.

Tulir can be reached at 26207269 or 26632026.


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6 comments:

Janice said...

All the more reason for parents to make sure they take the threat seriously and protect their kids. Averaged studies indicate numbers around 28%. Still way too much.

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shankar said...

i am a victim of CSA.

i am now 39 years old, married, with two kids.

all my life i have experienced a lack of confidence, an obsessive interest in sex so much so that there has been a lack of interest in other normal pursuits.

a lack of self-esteem.

a feeling of guilt and shame, and not able to look up at others.

a sense of violence and anger that threatens to explode at all moments, and prevents the formation of meaningful relationships.

a fear of forming a deep relationship.

a death-wish, and wish to accelerate life so that all commitments can be completed successfully before i collapse under my own thoughts.

why don't we have a web site where victims, like me, can sound off their frustrations, and post questions where a psychiatrist could offer counseling.

shankar said...

this refers to my last post.

i have put up a new blogspot for victims to sign in and post their comments.

it is victimsofcsa.blogspot.in

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