The cases of sexual abuse have risen in children over several years. Children lack of knowledge about sexual abuse, and improper education is major reasons behind this issue. To create a better India, Megha Bhatia started spreading awareness and educating children about sexual abuse.
The Idea of Our Voix
Megha returned to India after completing her master’s from University College of London. She realized the unfortunate situation of the country and got motivated to spread awareness. She came up with the idea of Our Voix. The platform provides children with an opportunity to voice their opinions, talk about and acknowledge sexual abuse.
Challenges Faced by Children
The cases of rape and non-contact form of sexual abuse are increasing. A non-contact form of sexual abuse is common, such as people masturbating children in the street in front of their eyes, teasing, and flashing.
Children, due to lack of awareness, do not understand sexual abuse. Schools don’t provide enough information. Half of the children are afraid to report the cases, and some don’t have the proper vocabulary to explain the situation. Sadly, many children don’t even know the names of their genitals.
Creating Awareness and Educating
Megha realized children need a non-judgmental and empathetic environment to share their problems. Educating them about the concept of friendly touch and bad touch is necessary. The platform Our Voix educates children about these concepts through animation.
Our Voix has made and released various short films. They presented the information in animated form because it grabs the attention of children and interestingly provides information. The short films connect real-life events and animation.
Work by Our Voix
The organization conducts workshops on sexual abuse and the ways to prevent it. Short comic strips are also available for children that talk about the prevention and importance of reporting sexual abuse. After watching short stories, many children have come forward and sought help from the organization.
During the workshops, the team of Our Voix noticed that children easily relate to cartoon characters. The organization has collaborated with various NGOs to reach out to a larger audience. They have also conducted informational sessions in many schools.
One of the major challenges is to seek permission to run workshops on sexual assault. Because of mental blocks, many people hesitate on allowing to conduct seminars on topics like sexual abuse.
A Source of Inspiration
Mad4India admires the initiative of Megha. Awareness about sexual abuse is necessary for protecting children. The organization wishes to expand its reach and help more children. Mad4India hopes people draw inspiration from this story and work for the betterment of society.
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