Stop Child abuse
The recent horrific gangrape of a 7-year-old-student in the school premises on July 17 in bangalore has brought back light on one of the worst perils our country is facing – child sexual abuse. We as responsible citizens, can take remedial measures to prevent these kind of atrocities from happening, every parent plays a very critical role in helping and maintaining their child’s safety. It is important to recognize the vital role they have to play and learn how to help protect the child from abuse and neglect. First of all be nurturing parent.It involves fullfilling basic physical needs as well as consistently seeking to meet your children’s emotional needs. Each child is different, as is each parent. Be an active listener and dont make the mistake of blaming or making judgments or accusing family members. Do not belittle or minimize the child’s feelings; when a child acts in ways that seems strange, remember to look for the feelings behind the actions. Pay attention to their emotions and experiences, he or she has those feelings for a reason. Give support to the child that he or she is doing the right thing by talking to an adult whom he/she trusts. Let the child know that you are there for him/her and will do whatever they, as parents, can do to keep them safe. Most often child victims may believe that the abuse or neglect is their fault, never let them feel so. Encourage them and give them total moral support. Look for opportunities to encourage and reinforce positive behavior.
Do not pity or give overly attention on a child who has experienced abuse, they want to be seen as normal and feel like other children. Encourage them to mingle with their peers and actively encourage them to participate in extracurricular and school-related activities. All these can reinforce a child’s ability to return to the original form, and sense of well-being.