Is it enough if we have heard about Child Sexual Abuse? Like many other evil in society, we assume this happens somewhere else, not to our child. But is that thinking alone enough ? Are we ready to open our eyes wide and examine how safe our child's environment is ? In this episode, we get into more practical steps of what you, as a mother, should do to reduce the probability of sexual abuse, especially at home. Plus, Kalpana gives us tips on the most powerful way of equipping our children.
Listen to the conversation with Kalpana Purushothaman who has worked with children and adult survivors of child sexual abuse for several years.
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Kalpana talks about how our notion of Child Sexual Abuse(CSA) done by a stranger in some dark alley is false. She shares how home and school are the most at risk places for CSA and what we as parents need to know to protect our children. Not from strangers, but from known people, people whom we trust. She talks about how we have a false sense of safety and shares the most powerful tool that we can give our child.
We move on to discussing about how to talk to the child in an age appropriate manner, right from about 3 years to mid teens and beyond. We examine why the notion of good touch and bad touch is not correct.
More importantly, she explains with examples the importance of practicing conversations on sexuality among many other things and gives practical examples of doing so, embedded in our daily life.
Yes, she addresses the question of how to discuss with older children and what parental responsibility is in these days of everything being available at one's fingertips.
And she highlights the need to discuss gender, identity and so on and how this helps in the context of abuse.
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