Delhi Rape and the Problem of Child Sexual Abuse

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Indian parents and their children need healthy education and open communication on the delicate subject of sexuality to surmount the psychological problems induced later in adult life, which is currently being ignored by the media.

Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) is a problem around the world but India’s problem is an extreme. 53.2 percent (40 percent boys: 70% girls) are victims of child sexual abuse according to the Government of India report (2007). This crime has been going on for generations. It affects every cross-section of Indian society.

Children Learn What They Live.

And, if children are victims of sexual abuse they may face Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), personality disorders, co-dependency or counter-dependency, lack of trust, fear of intimacy etc. Psychological problems often manifest as high-risk behaviors’, for example, may make a person more likely to smoke, abuse alcohol or illicit drugs,

Dr. Neil D. Brick in his paper (2005), "How Childhood Sexual Abuse Affects Interpersonal Relationships" notes, "Child sex abuse was not seen as a major problem in Europe and the United States recently. Only in the last two decades has childhood sexual abuse been seen in the field of mental health, psychiatry and social work as an important social problem with effects connected to this trauma."

Recently, The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 came into force in India on 14th November 2012 Indians need to fully understand the implications of this crime to make their society healthy and safe from sexual assaults for all – children and adults – male or female.


Ravi Sahay is an adjunct faculty member at the Sperling School of Business at the University of Phoenix, San Diego Campus, California USA. His articles have been published on this topic In "Youth Ki Awaaz" and you can read it at http://www.youthkiawaaz.com/2012/11/a-sacred-place-is-needed-to-diffuse-indias-ticking-time-bomb-of-child-sexual-abuse/. He also speaks on health and well-being. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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