A two-day awareness session on the theme ‘Good Touch, Bad Touch’ was recently conducted for students at Deepalaya Learning Centre in Adarsh Nagar. The session was conducted by a team of experts from Umeed ki Kiran Clinic, a one-stop clinic for victims of sexual and domestic violence introduced by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the internationally recognized humanitarian organization working in the field of healthcare.
As a part of the programme, separate sessions were curated for boys and girls between the age group 8 to 12. Out of a total 22, 12 Girls and 10 Boys of Deepalaya Learning Centre were a part of this session. In these interactive sessions, students were made aware of the kind of behavior they should watch out for among the adults surrounding them. Notably, these were conducted with prior written permission from the child’s parents.
What are body parts no one should touch? In case somebody tries to touch them inappropriately, what should they do? All this and more questioned were answered during the sessions, generating curiosity and awareness among the little ones in a simple and somewhat hilarious manner. Youngsters were also advised to reach out for help whenever they sense any danger. They were made to list out names that they trust the most. These names generally included their mother, teacher, father, and less commonly, somebody from neighborhood or relatives.
Some other activities were also conducted both with boys and girls to convey the concepts of sexual harassment in an easy to understand way. The session also focused on helping children shed the inhibitions linked with sexual abuse, and build confidence to make them vocal in case the unfortunate situation and need arises.
At the end of the second day, feedbacks from the students were taken and their queries were discussed openly, followed by refreshment for all the participants.