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According to Ministry of Women & Child Development, Government of India, 2007 report 53% children exploited by child sexual abuse. Another report of Tulir-CPHCSA, 2006 indicated 42% of children exploited – 39% among girls, 48% among boys.

According to Albert EinsteinThe world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil but because of the people who don't do anything about it."

Myths

Children are rarely abused in India, as the Indian socio-cultural system inherently does not allow for its children.

Facts

Statistical data from available research and reported incidents (from children and adult survivors) clearly indicates that child sexual abuse is a widespread problem affecting an extremely large number of children in the country.

 

Child Sexual Abuse is the use of a child for sexual gratification by an older or more powerful person. The offender is usually an adult, but could also be a more powerful child. Both girls and boys are vulnerable. Besides being a public health concern, it is a crime punishable by law. Most people imagine abusers to be shadowy and frightening strangers. In fact, most often these abusers can range from family members to acquaintances and someone the victim trusts explicitly. Rarely are abusers complete strangers. Contrary also to what people may think, a person who abuses a child is usually not someone with a psychiatric disorder. They are usually indistinguishable from anyone else. In fact, often an abuser is a "regular" person who leads a "routine" life and is known to the victim, but has no inhibition or qualms for having sex with children.

 

The effects of child sexual abuse vary from child to child with each child developing his/her own coping mechanism. The effects are dependent on a host of factors, the primary ones being age of the child, sex of the child, the relationship with the abusers, frequency of abuse and availability of support systems etc.

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Added By majid khan on Jun 04, 2014

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