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Porn addiction and children abusing children

Growing porn addiction and related sexual abuse have emerged as the biggest concern in the year gone by, says Dnyana Devi Childline - a 24 hour helpline for children in distress, supported by the Union ministry of women and child development.


Childline completes 15 years of service in the city on Saturday.



Children abusing children - in many cases 'acting out' scenes they have seen in porn movies is an alarming trend, as are cases of older brothers forcing oral sex on their toddler siblings, teenaged boys and girls fondling their younger counterparts in the neighborhood, schools and hostels for which children are also being increasingly bullied, a statement issued by the helpline says. Alarmingly, the age-group of victims of physical and sexual abuse cases ranges from one and half years to 18 years while a majority of perpatrators of abuse are fathers, teachers and sports coaches amongst others.


According to the helpline, the changing fabric of familial relationships is another worrying factor affecting physical and mental well-bring of children in the form of alcohol and drug addiction of mothers in affluent families, changing and multiple partners of both parents, extramarital relationships, children becoming targets for venting frustrations, besides cases of incest and generally changing value systems. In incest cases, mother and relatives shielding the perpetrator in the name of family honour and the child's future is another cause for concern, the statement said.


Procedural victimization of abuse victims is a related issue that needs to be addressed urgently, points out Anuradha Sahasrabudhe, director of the helpline. "In cases of child sexual abuse, an unfriendly legal machinery, long-drawn out and painful medical procedures and stay in observation homes turns many victims hostile, making the entire experience frustrating for Childline and sending out a wrong message to perpetrators," she says.

The helpline is working with the education departments of Zilla Parishad, Pune Municipal Corporation and Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation to promote free play in schools in order to allow children to expend their pent-up energy and to divert their attention towards more constructive behaviour, the statement said. "The programme involves getting schools to allocate time on a daily basis free play (not sports). The helpline is also working to ensure that all educational institutions have a play ground facility, besides engaging with parents and teachers to revive traditional play activities," it says.


Ever-growing cases of insensitivity to children and violation of their rights continue to be the biggest challenges for Dnyana Devi Childline Pune during the 15 years of operation, Sahasrabudhe said.

"Complexity of cases has gone up manifold in the last 15 years and there are many times when we have to coordinate with several helplines to ensure timely and complete action in the case. Rising cases of child sexual abuse and the perversity of the crimes now is shocking, most of which may be connected to the growing penetration of internet and mobile phones. The most upsetting trend, though, is the break down of families and the use of children as punching bags and in many cases, parents themselves becoming perpetrators of crime," she says.

Porn addiction and sexual abuse among children worrying: Childline 


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