Sex abuse victim begins campaign to end ‘child sexual abuse’ in Kerala (Sign Petition) – UKMALAYALEE

Sex abuse victim begins campaign to end ‘child sexual abuse’ in Kerala (Sign Petition)

Friday 25 January 2019 2:34 AM UTC

By A Staff Reporter

KOTTAYAM Jan 25: 22-year-old English Language Teacher, Life Skills & Personal Safety Educator and Child Safety Campaigner was not blessed with a very nice childhood.<

From the age of 3 to 14 she was sexually abused include by a domestic help, a family member, a shopkeeper and a doctor.

Today, she is on the fight for each and every child in Kerala to be safe with the #TeachKidsSafety campaign. Mariam Rauf started a petition on Change.org for the same and it has garnered over 30,000 signatures at the time of writing.

Her only request is to to make personal safety education compulsory in Kerala schools.

“All I am asking is that in the hundreds of hours that a kid is in school in a year, just to take two to three hours. Just a couple of sessions out of the whole number of school days to teach them personal safety and life skills,” she says.

Mariam Rauf started this petition to KeSCPCR (Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights) and 3 others. Her campaign read: “I was riding my scooter when a flashback of having been sexually abused came into my mind for the hundredth time.

The next thing I knew, I was lying flat on the road and my right leg was under my scooter.

“From the age of 3 to 14 the people who have sexually abused me include a domestic help, a family member, a shopkeeper and a doctor. I only realized it was called ‘child sexual abuse’ when I turned nineteen.

“The multiple incidents of abuse affected my physical health status, my academic life, my self-confidence and my emotional well-being. I felt confused, sad, ashamed, guilty, restless and lost for years.

“Don’t we as a society want to protect our children from all this?

“This is not just my story.

One out every two children has been sexually abused in India which is the country with the world’s largest number of child sexual abuse cases (WCD 2007, NCRB) and the abusers are often the people we trust, the people with whom we think our children will be safe.

“To battle this, I got myself trained as a Personal Safety Educator and have been training school children about how to recognize, resist and report abuse.

But to reach every single child, the government needs to implement this.

“I am asking the Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KeSCPCR) and the Minister of Education Prof. C. Ravindranath to order that all government schools in Kerala introduce Personal Safety Education (PSE) compulsory training for students, parents, teachers, and staff.

This can easily be achieved since these sessions need to be conducted only about once or twice a year based on the school’s needs.

“I choose Kerala because once we form a model state for this (Bangalore and Meghalaya are places which have already begun), other states and schools will follow the lead.

The Kerala State Policy for Child (KSPC) 2016 already mentions that the State wishes to provide abuse awareness and life skills sessions to children and adolescents.

Introducing Personal Safety Education (PSE) can achieve both these goals since it covers both life skills and personal safety lessons.  Every 15 minutes a child in India is sexually abused as per the latest study by CRY.

Sign petition to ensure children grow up in a safer world.

https://www.change.org/p/kescpcr-kerala-cmokerala-make-education-safer-for-children-teachkidssafety?

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