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


series: PREVENTING SEXUAL ABUSE by meera seshadri


I think it's really important that in the interview itself, they know that these children may have experienced very violent and very traumatic environments before coming to the safe haven.

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So what is their comfort level in having difficult conversations? What is their comfort level in being around children who might have very different emotional reactions to this space? Are they comfortable with crisis? How do they handle themselves in a crisis situation?

And by crisis, I don't mean natural disaster or even the displacement that these children have suffered, but if someone is going through something, do they show a sense of calm? Do they show a sense of rootedness? Are they their authentic self, which is really going to resonate with children, children see through everything.

So it's really important that the caregiver is someone who is very sure of themselves, but also knows their strengths and limitations and doesn't try to take charge of every situation or keep details to themselves. So being really transparent and open with everyone in the camp is going to be an important quality too.


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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