An alarming rise in porn addiction and sexual abuse cases in Indian kids, says Childline

An alarming rise in porn addiction and sexual abuse cases in Indian kids, says Childline

The biggest concern amongst Indian children today is the growing porn addiction and the related sexual abuse, according to Childline—a 24 hour helpline for children in distress

The biggest concern amongst Indian children today is the growing porn addiction and the related sexual abuse, according to Childline—a 24 hour helpline for children in distress, which is supported by the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development.

The shocking revelations

The Childline India Foundation completed 15 years last week. The alarming trend, says the organisation, is that kids abuse other children in order to ‘act out’ the scenes that they have seen in porn movies. There have been cases of older brothers forcing oral sex on their toddler siblings, teenagers fondling young kids in their neighbourhood, schools or hostels. If they refuse to give in, they are constantly bullies, said a statement issued by the helpline.

Shockingly, children from the age group of one and a half years to 18 years are the victims of physical and sexual abuse cases. Another alarming fact is that most of these perpetrators are fathers, teachers and sport coaches.

Ever-growing cases of insensitivity to children and violation of their rights continue to be the biggest challenges for Dnyana Devi Childline, Pune, during the 15 years of operation, says Anuradha Sahasrabudhe, director of the helpline.

"Complexity of cases has gone up manifold in the last 15 years and there are many times when we have to coordinate with several helplines to ensure timely and complete action in the case. Rising cases of child sexual abuse and the perversity of the crimes now is shocking, most of which may be connected to the growing penetration of internet and mobile phones. The most upsetting trend, though, is the break down of families and the use of children as punching bags and in many cases, parents themselves becoming perpetrators of crime," she says.

Watch out for these warning signs

While child sexual abuse is the last thing a parent would want for his child, it would be better to be prepared for it than to be sorry later on. Here are some signs that could indicate that your child is being sexually abused or traumatised.

  • Nightmares or sleep disorders
  • Sudden behavourial issues such as mood swings or excessive irritation
  • Feeling scared of being alone with a stranger or a child
  • A change in eating habits
  • Using inappropriate words or acting out strangely with toys or objects
  • Physical signs or bruises around the mouth or genitals

Teaching your child about sexual abuse

  • To begin with, start communicating with your child early and talk about body parts clearly so that he can clearly communicate with you if something inappropriate actually happened with him. A good way to do this would be to not only teach your child about good and bad touch, but also about the “underwear rule.” Read more about it here.
  • Besides this, have an open communication with your child and encourage them to share their daily activities with you. Never ever laugh at them while doing so as the child would feel offended and would perhaps be hesitant to share things with you in the future.
  • Never leave your child with another person that you don’t trust, no matter how close he might be to your family. Trust your maternal instincts and follow your heart.

Also Read: 5 simple tips to protect your child from sexual abuse

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[Image courtesy: youth ki awaaz, timesofindia]
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