Schoolteachers undergo sensitisation programme on child abuse

The role of schoolchildren in preventing sexual abuse of children was emphasised during a one-day workshop on “Child abuse: education and prevention” held in Seva Sangam Girls Higher Secondary School in the city on Wednesday.

The workshop was jointly organised by the Tiruchi chapter of Young Indians (Yi) -the youth forum of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Child Line foundation and Tulir (an NGO from Chennai). Child Line is an emergency 24-hour helpline for children in the need of aid and reassurance. After dialling 1098, a child in distress will be helped by a volunteer. The workshop was conducted to signify the launch of Project Komal that aims at creating awareness among children about child sexual abuse. The project was essentially a series of workshops for schoolteachers, to teach children about good touch, and bad touch.