Children form the most vulnerable and innocent section of our society. Sexual violence and abuse against children is a prevalent evil that needs to be addressed and redressed. What most people are unaware of, and therefore end up neglecting or ignoring the existence of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA), is that it can take various forms - physical, mental, etc. While marks of physical sexual violence are usually visible if due attention is paid, the scars of emotional violence are difficult to read. Children might not be able to speak out about the abuse experienced by them till they are much older. Hence, it is imperative to have a holistic understanding of everything that CSA entails.
This interactive course consists of exercises and quizzes making it engaging and enjoyable to learn. A subject-matter expert will moderate this course through the "Sexual Violence Against Children: Inform, Prevent, Protect" community. Once you are a part of the community, you can enhance your learning by participating in the discussion threads, raise queries and get solutions from experts in quick time. You can also share your own ideas, access best practices shared by peers, get ideas about the next learning topics to complete your study. You are also encouraged to go through all the topics of the course in detail and post your queries in the applicable comments section of the community. The moderator of the community will get back to you within a short time. You may also participate in the ongoing discussion forums to raise and clear your doubts.
The present course breaks the taboo surrounding this topic. It provides information on CSA, its meaning, types and impact, as well as the legal and medical processes put in place by the law to help young victims of CSA. It also enlightens readers of all ages to identify markers of such violence and abuse in the children around them. Additionally, it arms them with details of the steps to be taken in case of such occurrences. Tips to prevent CSA have also been provided for primary caregivers of children like parents and teachers. An age-appropriate (12-18 years) information manual with simplified concepts and advice has also been especially customised for students/children in this course.
Progress will be tested by way of quizzes and assignments at the end of each module. Learners must attempt the exam at the end of the course and secure at least 50% marks to obtain the course certificate.
There are no prerequisites for taking this course.