Chennai: The news on recent child sexual abuse cases across the globe rang an alarm for the need of child safety education in primary stages. In a move to address the issue, Aware (Awareness for Wo+Men to Advocate their Rights and Equality), a Chennai-based NGO is reaching out to the government schools in the city to conduct awareness camps.
“It is a three-module program. The first stage involves teachers where they are taught on understanding, preventing and healing the victims of child sexual abuse. Second stage includes student workshops and lastly, a follow up would be done to ensure if the message reached everyone,” said Sandhiyan Thilagavathy, founder, Aware.
Also, similar awareness programs would be held in public spaces to breakdown the stigmatisation around the topic. The members said the special awareness programs would be conducted till World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse (Nov 19).