Child sexual abuse is a serious problem which often goes overlooked in India. It can can happen anywhere; a place of learning, such as school or coaching, and even at home. Many children face sexual assault at places where they should be comfortable, places where they trust to be safe and free, and are too scared to speak up about their ordeal.
A short film by Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi’s Bachpan Bachao Andolan in association with Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation addresses the subject of child sexual abuse and urges parents to realise that “children are not safe even in so-called safe havens like our homes, schools and gyms.”
The short film, part of a ‘Full Stop’ campaign aims at putting an end to child sexual abuse, calling parents to “observe and listen” to their children, who might be trying to tell something by words, drawings or their behavioural changes.
Kailash Satyarthi has been an advocate of children’s rights for over three decades. He and the grassroot movement founded by him, Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement), have liberated more than 84,000 children from exploitation and developed a successful model for their education and rehabilitation.
In 2014, he was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for “struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”
In the video, a boy is shown to be scared from going to his football coaching due to sexual abuse he faces at the hands of his coach. The the signs are there, yet his mother fails to understand his ordeal.
Watch the short film