Child Safety Booklet: An Illustrated Guide To Inform Children About Child Sexual Abuse
15 January 2020 10:40 pm
According to the National Crime Records Bureau, which records the number of crimes committed at the end of every year, there has been a 23% increase in child sexual abuse between 2017 and 2018. On an average, more than 60 children were abused every day in 2018. If these numbers seem bad, consider that child abuse is still grossly under-reported in India.
Over the years, child abuse prevention measures like child helplines such as Childline have pushed for greater awareness in reporting of Child Abuse and the implementation of Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act (POCSO) has ensured stricter punishment for perpetrators.
Yet, the focus on punishment supersedes that on prevention and protection.
While there is great emphasis on the “punishment” of crimes against children, methods of prevention and the promotion of child safety are not only inadequate, but also remain largely on paper.
Amnesty International India’s Human Rights Education (HRE) program has reached 450 schools and trained 380 teachers in 5 states, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Delhi and Madhya Pradesh to promote human rights values in school life and beyond.
Acknowledging that safety is a human right, Amnesty International India launched the ‘Our Safety, Our Rights’ campaign to shape children as empowered individuals who can identify, speak up and report abuse. The campaign also enabled schools to play a leading role in creating safe spaces for children through teacher training programs, activity kits and other educational material.
This Child Safety Booklet is one step ahead for us to reach every child and empower them with information to report sexual abuse and be safe.
Download to use for your home, classroom or neighbourhood.