The silence that damns us all – India’s Child Sex Abuse Epidemic – The Armchair Philosopher

If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to traumatise it. Much like any other kind of sexual abuse, child sexual abuse inflicts wounds on an individual far greater than the mere physical act. There is a legacy of shame and stigmatisation that the survivor faces. And those wounds are inflicted by us, the ecosystem the survivor has to live with. There are a number of guides and reference articles that suggest how one should respond when a child approaches us to say they have been sexually abused. But what I want to talk about is all the times we keep our mouths shut. All the times we let our silence destroy somebody’s innocence. And trust me, if you look at the numbers it is very clear that an overwhelming majority of us are keeping our mouths shut when we should be screaming our heads off. About what happens in our homes, our families. Yes, our families. If you are reading this and thinking “I’m sure this doesn’t happen in my family” you are probably dead wrong.

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