Help break the silence

Child Sexual Abuse is punishable by law. Reporting it is mandatory – Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act

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A case of Child Sexual Abuse has to be reported to the authorities.

Reporting can be to:

  • 1. Your local police station – telephone numbers and mail ids are available on http://www.keralapolice.gov.in or to
  • 2. CHILDLINE – a toll-free, 24-hour helpline service – accessed by calling 1098
  • 3. If you are in Kochi, call us or drop in at the CAC.

The child’s statement will be recorded at the child’s home or any other place of the child’s choice.
The child’s statement will be taken in the presence of the child’s parents or any other person whom the child trusts.
The police will not be in uniform.
The child’s identity will be protected from the public media.

Reporting child sexual abuse is not an easy thing, especially as it is often such a personal affair: one may be close to the child or to the abuser.

However, other than the fact that the law says it is compulsory to do so, here are some other reasons why reporting child sexual abuse has to be done:
• The child may suffer unnecessarily.
• The abuser may, and probably will, find other children to abuse.
• We owe it to our children to protect them from abuse and ensure their safety.
• Reporting sends out a clear message that CSA will not be tolerated in this family, school or community.
• Justice and punishment for the abuser help to bring closure, both to the child and the family.

Do not wait until you’re certain if you are worried about a child!