Everyday thousands of children are being sexually abused. You can stop the abuse of at least one child by simply praying. You can possibly stop the abuse of thousands of children by forwarding the link in First Time Visitor? by email, Twitter or Facebook to every Christian you know. Save a child or lots of children!!!! Do Something, please!

3:15 PM prayer in brief:
Pray for God to stop 1 child from being molested today.
Pray for God to stop 1 child molestation happening now.
Pray for God to rescue 1 child from sexual slavery.
Pray for God to save 1 girl from genital circumcision.
Pray for God to stop 1 girl from becoming a child-bride.
If you have the faith pray for 100 children rather than one.
Give Thanks. There is more to this prayer here

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Monday, 3 November 2014

Corporation Schools Overcomes Taboo, Talks about Child Sex Abuse

This report is from Chennai, Tamil Nadu state, India. Chennai, formerly called Madras, recently expanded their metropolitan area which is known as Chennai Corporation. Thus, corporation schools refers to all schools in the Chennai metropolitan area.

CHENNAI: While child sex abuse is a taboo topic for some parents and schools, Chennai Corporation is breaking the silence over this distressing issue. 

Display boards written in Tamil with illustrations to create awareness about child sexual abuse among children have been put up at all 284 schools run by Chennai Corporation schools.

Soon, teachers will be trained to talk to students about sexual abuse in classrooms. The initiative being implemented jointly by Tulir - Centre for Prevention and Healing of Child Sexual Abuse and Friends of India was inaugurated on Monday at the Corporation Higher Secondary School in Kolathur by Mayor Saidai S Duraisamy. "Corporation schools have been engaged with child welfare organisations for almost eight years now. But with increasing reports of child abuse in Bangalore and other cities we decided to expand the awareness programme," said an education official of the corporation.

The pictorial boards, one for each school helps children identify their private parts, distinguish between good and bad touch and tells children how they should react if they are being abused. It tells children to scream loudly, firmly say no or leave the place, tell their parents or other trusted adults about the incident. Most importantly it teaches them that when such an incident occurs it is never their fault. "The boards are age appropriate with different set of pictures and explanations for children in kindergarten up to Class 3 and for students from Class 4 to 12," the corporation official said.

"Children spend most of their time in schools so their safety is priority and their welfare is important at all times," said a statement from the civic body. "This awareness programme is not only for schools but also for parents so they can establish a safe and supportive environment."

Child rights activists have lauded the civic body's efforts but say more work needs to be done on this issue. "A counseling team who can handle a couple of schools must be established. Children need a grievance system, they may not be comfortable sharing with their teachers who are seen as authoritative," says K Shanmugavelayudam, convener, Tamil Nadu Child Rights Observatory. "Awareness on sexual abuse must be made part of teacher training and the school management committee should also include parents in this programme."

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Nevertheless, this is a good step for the third largest city in India. It's one piece on one edge of a very large puzzle. There are pieces showing up in spots around India, but they are far from linking together yet.