All of us know the Magic of Touch and on the flip side are more than aware of the horrors of unwanted touch. Today, November 19, is Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse Day. Says a lot if we need to have a "Day" like this.
I am sure abuse has been on for eons but we are more paranoid about it now.
We have lesser number of kids. So the attention is focused. But I am sure no parent wishes to compromise the safety of any of her kids, however many she has.
Many of us live in nuclear set up, implying that we use external help but on the other hand it leaves lesser room for incest - reports indicate it is usually trusted relatives who often cause abuse.
Whatever the possibilities, how better to help our kids face it that by empowering them, even at the loss of innocence. Better a bit of innocence lost than losing peace/ sanity.
" The 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." -Albert Einstein
Talking of Children's Safety I was glad to see this write up in Young World here.
I also chanced upon a Tuli ( Centre for the Prevention and Healing of Child Sexual Abuse (CPHCSA) CD with voice over by Revathy. I am a little hesitant to share it with Anush right away. But I have given her an overall understanding that if she dislikes someone touching her she should loudly say "Please do not touch/ tickle etc" and of course rules about strangers have been going on forever.
For newer readers, you may want to read the post I did a couple of years back on this.
On a lighter note, we had yet another bloggers meet thanks to Sue's visit and Itchy's coordination. IBH, Sue, Itchy , Subha and self met up for a cosy chat at Cafe Coffee Day, in the middle of a work day , no less. I also plan to be part of the mommy circle on gmail since I finally recollected my gmail password and have an active usable id now. Sue- I am awaiting the invite to the Book Reading club.