Teach Children Body Rules #ProtectOurChildren

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I only understood the term ‘child sexual abuse’ when I turned nineteen. 

One out every two children is being 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 with our children. 

Don't we as a society want to protect our children from this? It takes only 4 hours of Personal Safety Education once a year. 

I got myself trained as a Personal Safety Educator and have been training school children about body safety rules through songs and activities. But to reach every single child, the government needs to implement this. 

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

I am asking the Minister of Education Prof. C. Raveendranath and the Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KeSCPCR) amongst others to order that all schools in Kerala introduce compulsory annual workshops for students, parents, teachers, and non-teaching staff.

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. This is a public health crisis, if it were pneumonia we would've distributed tablets across the country by now. 

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