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It was a wonderful and informative webinar. The best part about it was the way Swarnim sir gave insights through videos which can help parents ensure their child’s safety. I highly recommend these measures to everyone I know because nothing is more devastating than an unsupportive parent. I got even more inspired to make a difference and the fellowships are a clear guideline, that makes it easier for my fellow attendees and I. It has also been incentivised which makes it all the more motivating.
I liked the webinar quite a lot but the best part about it was the way things were explained practically. If it would have been presented just as a write up then people might have lost interest in it but the videos really kept it interesting. Up to a great extent, this webinar has helped me understand my constitutional rights and responsibilities. (Mujhe overall webinar kafi accha laga but jo uska best part tha wo yeh ki usme cheezon ko practically explain kari gyi jaise agar sirf written me explain karte toh boring hone lagta but videos ki wajah se it was throughout interesting. Moreover, aaj jo main janti hoon ki meri constitution mujhe kya zimmedari aur power deti hai, uske liye kaafi had tak yeh webinar responsible hai.)
I am expressing my experiences and feelings in words here about the fruitful webinar on CSA and POCSO ACT. First of all, I would like to thank Swarnim sir for giving his quality time and delivering such an insightful session. I would like to thank the Sakshi team for empowering us and encouraging us to say “NO”. Now I can proudly say that I actually know the true meaning of NO. Now remembering the fabled quote of MK Gandhi “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” We all should abide by it and I must assert that, “Change begins with me”. And now as a Rakshin, I would like to quote here the maxim that Swarnim Sir quoted during the webinar.
“Agar mai bura dekhungi
Agar mai bura sunungi
To mai chup nahi rahungi, mai bol ke rahungi.”
Also, I would love to spread awareness among people, relatives, kin, adults, acquaintances about the opportunity of online counselling, legal advice arranged by Sakshi that too free of cost for all CSA cases. I'm highly indebted to you all.
After attending the webinar conducted by The Rakshin Project I have understood that it is the right of every child to say NO if someone is forcing them to do things they are not comfortable with. The child too has boundaries that need to be respected. Nobody can touch them without their consent. Now I also know that in most of the cases the abuser is known to the child and because of this reason it is difficult for the child to share the problem with their parents. And in most of the cases although parents know about the abuse they tend to hide it because of shame, stigma and due to a lack of knowledge about it. Now I will teach others to become friendly with their siblings and other children and to equip them with proper language so the children can share their problems with them without any hesitation.
68 student volunteers, organisers and trainers from Sakshi NGO, Prof. Digisha Mehta, Prof. Nishant Kansagra and myself participated in the webinar on Google Meet platform. An Informative presentation having frank and open discussion on the topic, well made videos and an interactive question answer session towards the end of the seminar were highlights of this highly recommended webinar for young students. At the end of this online session, the participants became much more aware and informed about POCSOA (2012) and the challenges that our society faces related to the issue of Child Sexual Abuse. I am sure that discussions in the webinar related to legal age of consent, learning to say 'NO', the Rakshin project, do's and don't of communication with victims, legal provisions under POCSOA (2012), provision of help line, gaslighting, grooming, nature and extent of abuse and exploitation, warning signs, behavioural and emotional consequences, social victimisation, importance of creating a prohibitive mindset and other important aspects will increase the capacity of participants to prevent, prohibit and intervene instances of sexual offences against children. We once again thank Sakshi (regd. NGO 1992) for spreading awareness about POCSOA (2012) through the NSS platform.
A few days back I joined a webinar organized by “Sakshi”. I admire the whole team who have taken up the project called “The Rakshin Project” and beautifully presented how to #stopchildsexualabuse. It is really an opportunity to be a part of the same. Their concept “people of quality do not fear equality” really resonated with me. I would like to congratulate the whole team as they have taken up such a noble initiative and I have no doubt that their work can bring a massive change in one's mindset. Thank you and keep up the good work!!
Home is the very first institution where a child seeks knowledge about everything. It is often a place where dark secrets prevail under a wrap for dog years. There's an urge to imbibe in every member of the family knowledge about the well-being, safety and contentment of every child and others as well. It is a key responsibility to prevent the perpetrators from influencing a child and give the child the best of knowledge about every abuse including sexual abuse. The effect of the abuse on the child often leaves a stained impression that affects his adulthood and relations with others. Such victims may develop OCD, bipolar disorders, anxiety issues that curtail their compatibility with their lifelong activities. I stand with the statement “na karenge na karne denge, ho raha hai toh rok ke rahenge, hua hai toh bol ke rahenge”. I urge every parent/guardian to let your child speak of the abuse happened to him or her; also recommend every caretaker to keep a vigil eye. Let's stand by the motto “I am a Rakshin (preventor) and I will prevent CSA.” Let's get rid of the taboo, fear and shame and have the audacity to speak of the immoral and unacceptable. Say it loud and clear; NO. Many times cases don't get reported as they are kept hidden either by the little ones or their parents. We live in an era where there's a need for change and reform to safeguard the smiling faces of children. Standing against CSA is our aim and we are immensely committed to working towards our goal of a CSA free nation.
Consent is very critical for those above 18. And indulging in sexual acts with the ones who are younger than 18 is considered illegal, with or without their consent. Now I will speak up if I hear or see anything sexually abusive happening to children.
Now I know what behaviour is considered illegal under the POSCO Act. I also know about the ways I can figure out if a child is going through sexual abuse or not and if they are, then the ways to help them. I will not hide and also ask others to not ignore or hide any case related to child sexual abuse that they might come to know about. Instead of hiding the abuse, I will take the necessary action to call out such behaviour.
The atrocities happening to children and the knowledge of POCSO Act has made me knowledgeable enough to act on it. As a responsible adult, I will pass on this knowledge to two other people and also prevent child sexual abuse from happening on my watch.
After attending the webinar now I am aware that in 90% cases the abuser is known to the child. And because of the shame surrounding the topic of child sexual abuse, we do not have the proper language due to which almost every time the abuser gets away with it. Now I will not only practice equality in our day to day life but I will also make sure that if I came to know about any child sexual abuse happening around me I will call out the abuser. Agar main kuch bura dekhungi Ya agar main kuch bura sunungi Toh main chup nai rahungi, main aawaaz uthaungi
The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has given a directive to our NGO – Sakshi to design, customize and deliver Workshops on Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012 (POCSOA 2012) for the NSS Students of 40,000 Colleges across India. Workshops started in 2018.