Despite this overwhelming statistic, Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) is a silent epidemic that people are afraid to talk about.
The Rakshin Project aims to prevent abuse, by empowering the youth to break through the silence, stigma, shame and denial.
According to the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) 2012, all the following actions are criminal and will be punishable by law as child sexual abuse:
Child Sexual Abuse is an epidemic in this country and occurs in all parts of India, among all classes of society. Study on Child Abuse in India (Ministry of Women & Child Development, 2007) reports that Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar and Delhi reported the highest percentage of sexual abuse among both boys and girls, but the responses from all the sampled 13 states were more or less similar and led to the following statistics being recognised.The National Study on CSA (2007) at a Glance:
There are three key steps in preventing child sexual abuse in our society, and The Rakshin Project by Sakshi aims to do just that.
1. Learning about Child Sexual Abuse
Understanding the issue and familiarising yourself with the statistics and occurrence is the first step towards a society free of this evil. Equipping yourself and others around you to be aware of the possible signs of sexual abuse, repercussions and reporting procedures of Child Sexual Abuse. Educating ourselves and others around us will help us minimise incidences of child sexual abuse from taking place. The more people are aware of the issue, the more people can be a part of creating a preventive environment.
2. Breaking the Stigma & Silence
The shame, stigma, silence & denial surrounding all things sexual in the country discourages disclosures and reporting of cases of child sexual abuse. It is important therefore that we break this silence and speak up about the issue that is affecting 1 out of 2 children in India. The Rakshin Project by Sakshi has created the hashtag #IWillTell which you can use to share your experiences and thoughts about the issue to raise awareness over social media platforms.
3. Joining the Movement
The Rakshin Project by Sakshi is working towards creating a social tipping point in India to move towards eradication of child sexual abuse. Each individual citizen who joins the movement is adding to this collective goal and bringing us closer to a society where the constitutional rights guaranteed to every adult and child by our country become a reality.
This COVID-19 period has seen a surge in demand for violent child pornography by 200% as per ICPF, sexual violence has spiked by 7.3% since 2018 as per the NCRB report, we have seen an emergence of an unprecedented rise in domestic violence and child sexual abuse.
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.