Ok, where do I even begin. After reading endless stories of women who have faced abuse, who have fought back, who have suffered, on IHM’s blog , I strongly believe someone can put you down or exploit you, only by your own will. My blood boils when I see women suffering in silence, thinking themselves as lesser beings, or leaving their lives to fate, I wish to give them all a tight slap to wake up, and raise a voice, that is all it takes.
I believe gender discrimination is the root of this evil. We can start by eradicating this in the first place. It all starts in the family, it is we who can make atleast an iota of difference. Treat your children equally, and teach them the same.
When a friend said that those days are gone, it is violence against men now. I would have giggled and ignored it as a passing comment an year back. But not now, atleast not after reading of what countless women go through every single day. I wish the VAW team good luck in spreading awareness and creating a difference.
Please ladies, trust yourself, and build yourself a better future, because you deserve it. I agree there are some instances when you will be helpless too, but have faith, give a damn to the society, and make your way. I know it is very tough, but it is worth all of it.
When I learnt of this initiative on one of the blogs I follow, I sincerely applauded them for their approach, as we know this is not often talked about. I immediately grabbed the widget to put it up on my side bar; I just wanted to show my support in however small way I can. As I went about reading all the posts on the above blog, and the many stories in the comments, I shuddered at the mere thought that such bastards exist in our society. This is the least we can do, spread awareness. Few months back, we roommates were discussing the news that few months old babies too are molested and killed, it is true, it is happening, what probably drives those sick perverted minds to indulge in such pathetic acts and rob their innocence, we have no clue and we felt so helpless. 😦 But as some blogger mentioned, we can still do our bit by spreading awareness about it, and not shy away as we would have done earlier.
I do not have any story to tell, neither do I have any concrete tips to give for the subject, but I believe every parent can help their kids from child sexual abuse by trusting them and their instincts, talking to them, and listening to them. We often hear of incidents where an adult recalls it had happened to him/her during childhood. So it is very important for a kid to confide in their parents, and tell them of any such behavior that affected them immediately. It is the responsibility of the parents to educate them on how to tell a good touch from a bad touch, and to encourage them to speak about it. Never should they dismiss anything the child reports even if it involves the people you trust the most. It may sound trivial to you, but it is not so for the poor kid, the damage is such and the scars remain forever. The mom especially should understand, and be a confidante.
I have to note here that I am so proud of my fellow bloggers for bringing up this subject to notice and creating awareness among us. And I promise I will do my bit as well. I am glad people don’t shy away anymore to teach their kids (boys and girls) on how to be alert, and help them lead a happy childhood. 🙂
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