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The Bangalore rape incident where a Class 1 student was raped, allegedly by a teacher has shook the nation. In a country which is uncomfortable talking about sex, child sex abuse usually gets shoved under the rug. The first there really was a national debate on the issue was when an episode of Aamir Khan's Satyamev Jayate which dealt with the issue. The thing is that child sex abuse will remain an issue till we acknowledge the fact that it's there. Here's a look back at a series of articles Gayatri Aiyyar, a counselling psychologist who works with children wrote for us:
Child sex abuse it's very much there
The first step of the process is to acknowledge that child sex abuse is real. 53% Indian children are abused sometime in their life. Sexual abuse of a child is difficult to define due to varied forms of the abuse. The two main terms associated when talking about sexual abuse of a child are the child victim (any child, male or female under the age of 16 usually; age varies according to medical, legal or psychological definitions) and the perpetrator or offender (any adult male or female or child's peer or another minor).
What constitutes child sex abuse?
Touching sexual offenses include:
Non-touching sexual offenses include
Some common indications of child sex abuse:
Parents can look for these indicators in child's behaviours with peers or adults in their family and surroundings:
What should parents or near and dear ones do if a child has been sexually abused?
First and foremost, try to understand what the child is saying and believe that the child is telling you the truth, even if there have been instances of the child lying or making stories in the past. I will reiterate that in case of doubt, seeking help from a psychologist or medical professional, trained in identifying cases of sexual abuse is of utmost importance.
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Also read other articles in the child sex abuse series:
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