Critical training to better protect, support, and heal vulnerable children


series: PREVENTING SEXUAL ABUSE by meera seshadri


One of the hardest things to talk about for a child is definitely abuse or harassment within the family or by a sibling. It may be that they're weighing options in their own mind that, my family is finally safe and I'm here and disclosing this might ruin our chances to be safe and protected.

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So it's important that if there is a disclosure, that the caregiver reiterate that child's safety is the most important part of this entire experience, and that they'll do whatever they can to ensure that they continue to be safe.

But it would be difficult for a caregiver to take just nonverbal signs as an indicator to escalate because you may make a situation worse by referring it to somebody else without the child feeling somewhat in control of their experience.


Meera Seshadri

Meera is a health communications specialist, researcher, and activist working at the intersection of gender-based violence prevention and sexual health promotion. She has spent over a decade working to increase access to, and utilization of, comprehensive...

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sexual health resources for adolescents in communities worldwide, developing violence prevention and education programs at Emory, Georgetown, and Harvard Universities and working as a consultant and curriculum development specialist for Soteria Solutions, the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the World Bank.

She is passionate about confronting the ideological and institutional challenges that affect young people's health, wellness, and autonomy. Meera works in coalition with university, non-profit, corporate, and community stakeholders to create policies and environments that prioritize gender equity, intersectionality, and social justice.


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