Monday, 23 February 2015

Listen to what your child says

Story of many girls

Nancy was an only child to Mark and Pooja, they spoiled her rotten and she was the apple of not only her parent’s but her extended family’s eye. They all adored her and wanted only the very best for her. Nancy’s birthdays from her first was always very special, her parents went all out to throw her the best parties, inviting the family and neighbours. She was the youngest among her first cousins and hence was spoiled even more. Her older male cousins saw her as somebody they should protect and a few even vowed to ‘really hurt’ a person if they ever hurt her.
Mark and Pooja took every precaution to educate Nancy on the evils that surrounds her once she goes out into the world. They taught her about #StrangerDanger and more. But they weren’t prepared for when a neighbour would take advantage of her. It started off innocent with her neighbour; let’s call him Prani. He started spending more time with her. Teaching her how to play Trump card games and various sports. He taught her to play basketball, football and cricket. Then after a couple of months of these innocent games, Prani started doing more, touching her in places that he shouldn’t be. Nancy knew this was wrong but every time she tried to talk to her parents about it, they shrugged it off saying “he would never do anything to hurt you, honey.” And this abuse went on for six months until word spread and people were wondering why this older boy was taking her to dark and lonely places after nightfall... it was a shock when her parents found out and they are still wondering how this happened. If only they listened her sooner.

Don’t waste time. Talk now!

It is a taboo topic, child sexual abuse. But there is so much of that happening in and around us, we have to talk to our kids about it from early on. We might want to shield our kids but the outside world doesn’t shield them. It’s a horrible topic to bring up with your child but trust us, precaution is better than cure. So spend some time with your children talking to them and educating them on sexual abuse. It is hard but must be done. Don’t lose time but talk to your kids now!

Lawrence School

We have trained counsellors who have dealt with this issue and more. They know how to broach this topic and how to deal with it. They also teach parents about the tell tale signs that your child will show if they have been abused. Like aloofness, wanting to be alone, loss of appetite and mood swings. Know your child.
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