Saturday, November 12, 2011

Launch of awareness flier for the visually impaired

Although all children  are at possible  risk of being sexually abused, the social exclusion of children with disabilities together with their increased dependency makes them especially vulnerable.
A common misconception is that individuals with disabilities are asexual and are not at risk for sexual abuse and  cannot benefit from abuse prevention education.  Also in  an effort to “protect” the child,  many children  with disabilities have never received correct information or education about abuse prevention, sexuality and self-protection or personal safety  strategies or been provided education on ways to develop and maintain healthy, respectful and supportive relationships.
Furthermore many individuals with disabilities are taught in school, through caregivers and family members to do as they are told, to comply with requests of others, and to control difficult behaviors. They  are not taught about boundaries, assertiveness, or the right to say no – especially to authority figures – to painful or other unwanted touches. Compliance training can make the individual vulnerable to abuse or exploitation.
Children with disabilities deserve the right to personal safety as well as to learn strategies to protect themselves, education and training efforts that include sexuality awareness, violence and abuse prevention and assertiveness training help to prevent abuse.

Tulir - Centre for the Prevention and Healing of Child  Sexual Abuse  and Vidya Sagar - an organization working with disability, invites you to the launch of  the Braille version of an awareness flier   on personal safety  - “ Smart Ways To Keep Myself  Safe” 
Mrs Kannegi Packianthan, IAS, Secretary, Welfare of Differently Abled Persons, Govt. of Tamil Nadu,  will preside
 Date: 16th November 2011 
Time: 4.00 pm – 5.00pm
 Venue:  Thomas Rajan Auditorium, Vidya  Sagar
              No:1, Ranjith Road

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