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TN: Awareness campaign on girl child abuse launched in state

June 30, 2015

On June 27, the local chapter of FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) launched an awareness campaign on girl child abuse, including differentiating between ‘good touch and bad touch’.
The campaign ‘Shakthi’ was part of FLO’s three year initiative to educate girl child on issues related to abuse, women’s rights and remedial actions, thereby empowering them for the future, said Shrivyashnavi Annush, chairperson FLO.

An hour-long session was conducted as part of the campaign, in association with Art of Living, at Seva Nilayam, a children’s home for girls in need of rehabilitation providing free education and vocational skills, with a mission to empower the orphaned and abandoned girl child.

FLO will conduct one-hour sessions with the Art of Living volunteers for girls from the 4th to 12th grades at various schools. In the first phase, it was planned to cover underprivileged schools, government and government aided schools in the district and later fan out to urban schools and private schools, Annush said.

Issues to be covered are prevention of potentially dangerous situations, differenting between good touch and bad touch, gauging abusive overtures and behaviour from close relatives, friends and how to deal with the situation, what to do and whom to contact and their legal rights in such a situation, she said.

The district social welfare officer, R Ambika inaugurated the event and said that the campaign should be taken to villages and the parents of girl children should also be involved in the campaign.

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