Even though child abuse is one of the most condemned acts, it doesn’t cease to occur. It’s unfortunate and concerning that despite the protective watch of parents, law enforcement agencies, and several children’s welfare initiatives, child abuse is still common. Often, abuse is seen as taboo. Parents refrain from talking to their children about such sensitive subjects, and children are overpowered by fear or a sense of wrongdoing.
Addressing both parts, Aao Baat Karein bridges the gap between parents and children to keep child abuse at bay. Since the beginning, this social initiative has helped many parents rise above the taboo and openly talk to their children about abuse to keep them safe. Aao Baat Karein also empowers children by educating them on sensitive issues and teaching them how to save themselves from any illicit sexual encounters.
In an exclusive conversation with Deepti Mirani of ‘Aao Baat Karein’, an initiative for children’s welfare, we try to answer the all-important question: How to have ‘the talk’ with your child?
Tell us about Aao Baat Karein?
An initiative started by the NGO Parwarish, Aao Baat Karein works extensively towards the welfare and safety of children with educational workshops on mental health, sexual abuse, and substance abuse. Aao Baat Karein first saw the light of day in 2018 and has held workshops in over 40 Indian cities, touching the lives of over 1,50,000 students. It’s a platform where parents and teachers learn how to talk to children about sensitive topics such as sexual abuse, while the younger ones are taught about the difference between right and wrong, and why they shouldn’t hesitate in reaching out to their parents or teachers for anything.