ENLIST SUPPORT & ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR LIMITATIONS
series: PREVENTING SEXUAL ABUSE by meera seshadri
From Preventing Sexual Abuse by Meera Seshadri
It's really important that the caregiver enlist support for themselves. It can be really difficult to hear these stories and also be able to provide care and support. So making sure that they have someone confidential that they can talk to about how do you think I can best support this child knowing this is happening?
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It's important to keep letting the child know that if you ever wanted to tell me something about your situation to keep you more safe, or if you wanted to tell me more details and get out of a certain situation, I'm here to help you. And just leave it at that.
Children know when your intentions are true in helping them and you don't have to push it. It's also not on the caregiver to prevent sexual assault from happening. You can only offer support and care within the context of the information that you have.
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.