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, 6 April 2015

Indian State Issues New and Excellent Guidelines for Treatment of CSA Victims

State Government - Hero for Today

TIRUCHIRAPALLI, India: The Tamil Nadu government has issued fresh guidelines under POCSO Act with an aim to ensure that victims of child sexual abuse are not subjected to secondary victimisation during trial, and strengthen evidence against the abusers. 

Tamil Nadu is a state in southeast India opposite Sri Lanka
The old guidelines issued under "Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012", say, among others, that there is no need for police request or FIR for a doctor to examine such victims. 

The social welfare department GO had issued the guidelines recently to NGOs, psychologists, social workers and others associated with pre-trial and trial stage. 

The guidelines say that even in situations of mass violence, caste or communal conflict, doctors must look for evidence of sexual assault among all girls and women who come to the hospital, whether they are brought dead or alive. Awesome!

It also insists on questioning victims in a child friendly environment, taking into consideration the developmental level and age.

The officials should not confuse chronological age with normal developmental stages. A child's developmental age may not match what may be expected for chronological age.

It also warned against using bribes or enticements to make the child speak on abuse. No expressions of surprise, disgust, disbelief or other emotional reactions should be shown to descriptions of the abuse.

The interviewer should use anatomically detailed dolls for the purpose of interview if the child was shy, it said.

Differently-abled victims could be interviewed by involving a neural professional to facilitate communication through sign language, the GO said.

This is great! A big step in the long journey toward protection of children from pedophiles.
Tamil Nadu government - you are my hero for today.