Ms. Bindu John, Assistant Professor and Head of the Department of Psychology engaged an awareness session on Child Sexual Abuse for the students of Kendriya Vidyalaya School, Naval Base on 3rd February 2023. More than 450 students from standard 6-9 attended the session in the auditorium of the school. The program was organized by Sakhi One Stop Center, Ernakulam, and Harbour Police Station, Ernakulam.
Child Sexual Abuse is a serious violation of human rights and human well-being and the growing incidents of sexual abuse of children are becoming alarming. To address this and bring about awareness, the students of K.V. School were given awareness about safe and unsafe touch, and the various forms of sexual abuse including exhibitionism, exposure to pornography, and voyeurism. The students were also made aware of the various ways in which predators lure and groom children into sexual acts. The POCSO laws as well as the actions that can be taken to prevent becoming victims of sexual abuse were explained to students to guard themselves while interacting with others in social settings. The students were highly interactive and engaged with the resource person asking a host of questions and doubts.
Ms. Sandhya V K, Psycho-Social Counselor from Sakhi One Stop Center, Ernakulam and the ASI from Harbour Police Station also attended the session.