About 15 to 20% of adults report receiving some form of sex abuse as kids. That’s right 15-20%. Which means, if you know 6 kids, there is a high probability that one of them is being, or will be sexually abused. This abuse can range from inappropriate and repeated touching, all the way to penetrative sex. And it is happening all around you. And it affects girls and boys equally (below the age of 12, after which girls are more affected).
But, most of it can very easily be prevented. All you need to do is to have a simple 15 minute chat with your children, once every six months. This chat does not involve talking about sex, does not involve talking about genitals, and is not an uncomfortable chat, and is not scary for children.
Here is a video of what this chat is like:
If you can’t see the video above, go to see it on YouTube
That is Dr. Bhooshan Shukla, a Child Psychiatrist going through one such session.
That’s it. That’s all you need to do.
Again, this is important, this is easy. Please do it.
And please spread the word.
This is not a problem that affects only western countries, or only kids in slums, or only kids from broken families. It affects everyone. That’s why you need to do this.
If you don’t have kids, I’m sure you know others who have kids. Please tell them about this.
If you would like such a session to be conducted in your society/school, but are not confident enough to do it on your own, you can contact me, or Dr. Shukla, or meetu (email), and we can figure something out.
Update: from Dr. Shukla on 11 August 2011:
This video is gathering steam. Almost 18,000 vies at the last
count. I am answering about 25 e-mils every day (since last one month!) about abuse and people’s experience when talking to kids. So far views and mails form over 20 countries (all 5 continents!)
I think we have acquired some really good karma here.
Please continue to spread the word. Thanks.