Things that you can learn to combat the growing issue of Child Sexual Abuse

If you are someone who, like the good folks at School of Life, are doing something great yourself to make the world a better place, do share you story with me (see this page). I might be willing to make a video story on your work too!

There is only so much that you can learn from a 3 Minute Story, but after having seen the above video, if you do realize the need to learn more, following are some of the resources that you can refer to. You can also write to Nikita and her colleagues at School of Life ( ) for possible workshops (for parents, teachers or children). They are based out of Gurgaon. Other Indian organisations that do similar / related work are and (both based out of Mumbai).

Online Resources:

7 Steps to Protecting Our Children: A guide for responsible adults (16 p.) by Darkness to Light (2007). This guide provides information for adults on preventing child sexual abuse for the children in their lives. It discusses facts on child sexual abuse, how to talk with children, establishing healthy boundaries, fostering healthy sexual development, and taking action to prevent sexual abuse.

Behaviors to Watch for When Adults are with Children (1 p.) by Stop It Now! (2008). This fact sheet discusses behaviors and actions related to respect for personal space and boundaries, and the rights of children. These behaviors include discussion of inappropriate relationships and conversation topics between adults and children that may indicate risk of sexual abuse.

Signs that a Child or Teen May Be At-Risk to Harm Another Child (1 p.) by Stop It Now! (2008). This brief tip sheet provides information on potential signs that a child or teenager may exhibit if he or she is at-risk to sexually abuse another child. Some signs include depressive or sexually aggressive behavior or expressions.

Signs that an Adult May Be At-Risk to Harm a Child (1 p.) by Stop It Now! (2008). A one-page tip sheet provides information on signs that adults who sexually abuse children commonly exhibit. Tips include evaluating personal relationships, responsibility, and personal safety actions.