Trigger warning: This article talks about child sexual abuse.
For some people, home is the safest place. While for some, in their homes, lies the darkest of horrors and fear. There are children in homes which are not safe for them. Which are in a vulnerable position, they can be abused by a known person. The roar of their abuser overpowers their voices and can silence them.
As parents, and as a human being, the time has come to start the talk with your children to tell them their superpowers. Teach them about body safety and ensure that their power of voice is ignited against any kind of abuse. Make children aware of their power over their body, the power to judge the touch, the power to trust, the power of their voice.
We can have a mask to protect ourselves from Coronavirus. However, a mask won’t protect children from sexual abuse but knowledge will. I urge all the parent to build a safe space for your children where they can share their heart out with you. This is your time to have a conversation with your children in a child-friendly manner.
If you are a survivor, parent or guardian who wants to seek help for child sexual abuse, or know someone who might, you can dial 1098 for CHILDLINE (a 24-hour national helpline) or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call NGO Arpan on their helpline 091-98190-86444, for counselling support.