WHEN TO REFER DISCLOSURES TO A PROFESSIONAL
series: PREVENTING SEXUAL ABUSE by meera seshadri
Referring to a professional is really important, especially if you suspect that the child may harm themselves or bring harm to others as a result of what they're going through.
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If you believe that you are out of your depth and cannot offer any more support or help; that it may become very complicated depending on what their story is; perhaps it's happening within the family or there is an unsafe adult in the camp.
It's best to enlist the support of someone who can actually make structural environmental changes so that the child doesn't have to keep experiencing this.
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.