Addressing child sexual abuse in India through sexuality education and teacher training

Belliappa, Jyothsna Latha and Ghosh, Sreeparna (2015) Addressing child sexual abuse in India through sexuality education and teacher training. Legislation, Sexuality Education and Teacher Training, 4 (1). pp. 1-12. (Submitted)

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National level research such as the Government of India’s 2007 survey in 13 states across the country suggests that child sexual abuse (CSA henceforth) has reached epidemic proportions in India with one in two children surveyed, reporting abuse1 . Despite the GOI study of all forms of child abuse and a more recent national qualitative study by Human Rights Watch (2013) 2 specifically on CSA, there was little impact on the public discourse on sexual abuse of children, until the increased English media reporting of CSA in Indian private schools. The latter brought the issue into sharp focus at least in the minds of middle and upper middle class parents. As a consequence, there have been various forms of online and offline activism3 and greater pressure on schools to increase vigilance on their campuses via CCTV cameras and police verification of teachers and other school employees. In this paper we argue that rather than merely increasing vigilance, we need to provide sexuality education to children and train teachers to effectively address CSA.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Education, Teacher Training, Child
Subjects: Social sciences > Education
Social sciences > Education > Teacher education
Divisions: Azim Premji University > School of Education
Depositing User: Library APU
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2018 10:28
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2018 04:34
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