With the vision to work towards creating a world free from gender based violence; we envision providing knowledge building of adolescents on gender, sexuality and reproductive health thereby building their capacity to prevent experiences of gender based violence. Child sexual abuse is the earliest form of violence that an individual can experience. Following statistics indicate the crucial need to work towards capacity building of adolescents to challenge child sexual abuse.
1. In 2007, the first ever government survey of child sexual abuse uncovered that more than half the children spoken to (53 per cent) said they had experienced some form of sexual abuse. 20 percent of those interviewed said they had been subjected to severe abuse, which the report defined as 'sexual assault, making the child fondle private parts, making the child exhibit private body parts and being photographed in the nude'. The report found that 31 per cent of the sexual assaults were by an uncle or neighbor. Over 70 per cent of children had never spoken to anyone of what was done to them. The first-ever national-level study on child sexual abuse by the Indian government 13 of India's 28 states with a sample size of 12,447 children in the 5-12 age group, and 2,324 young adults.
2. In its 2013 report India's Hell Holes: Child Sexual Assault in Juvenile Justice Homes, the Asian Centre for Human Rights said that sexual offences against children in India have reached epidemic proportion. The report stated that more than 48,000 child rape cases were recorded from 2001 to 2011 and that India saw an increase of 336% of child rape cases from 2001 (2,113 cases) to 2011 (7,112 cases). Imagine 48,838 children raped in just 10 years and you have a small measure of how deep the inhuman phenomenon of child rapes runs in India," correspondents Nishita Jha and Revati Laul wrote on a Tehelka blog.
3. The survey conducted by humanitarian aid organisation World Vision India with 45,844 respondents in the age group of 12-18 age group , across 26 states in the country, revealed that one in every two children is a victim of child sexual abuse. It also says that one in every five do not feel safe because of the fear of being sexually abused. It also said that one in four families do not come forward to report child abuse.