Most child abuse cases occur in homes: Aldina


In the backdrop of the recent Vasco rape incident, Prof Aldina Braganza e Gomes of Carmel College has claimed that most cases of child abuses occur within the four walls of homes and that most of them go unreported as parents conceal them.
Prof Aldina further said that most of the time it leads to further mental and physical torture of the victim. She was speaking at the Saraswat Vidyalaya High School, Khorlim-Mapusa during a talk held for parents on how to deal with child’s sexual health and sexual abuse.
In all, about 300 parents from Mapusa attended the talk given by Prof Aldina. Mr Goraksh Shirsat spoke on the topic of sexual abuse in the state.
Through a slide show presentation, Prof Aldina explained the responsibilities of parents and how they could avoid sexual harassment of their children. She told parents how to handle their children and make them know themselves.
"Children could learn to say no at the first instance when anyone tries to fondle with them and immediately report it to the parents, even the institutions should also take immediate steps so that the perpetrator could be nabbed," she said.
She claimed that the stereotype mentality of the society of accusing the victim itself should go and make way for new ideas. She also thanked the media for highlighting the issues of sexual abuse thereby bringing about awareness among the people. Later, she also answered several questions put forth by the parents.[NT]