Childhood sexual abuse linked to development of a range of physical and mental health conditions

A new review of previous studies into the long-term effects of childhood sexual abuse has suggested that earlier mental health support for victims would reduce the chances of victims developing psychiatric conditions and substance misuse later in life

Childhood sexual abuse linked to development of a range of physical and mental health conditionsChildhood sexual abuse is known to be associated with a wide range of health conditions, from chronic pain to mental health problems. There have been many studies examining these links but these typically looked at one outcome in adulthood, and there has not been a synthesis examining the full breadth of international research evidence and […]

POCSO Act: Know your rights when protecting your child

This act deals with child abuse with great sensitivity. Under this act, only senior female police officers are supposed to investigate the matter. The police are normally not supposed to visit the house but in case they do so they have to be in plain clothes and not in uniforms. The child is not supposed to be called again and again to police station. The child cannot be kept for a long period of time in the police station

POCSO Act: Know your rights when protecting your child  “Doctor, you stood behind us like a rock when we felt all else had failed and showed us the way forward to get justice!” said a 42-year-old man. He was accompanied by his wife and daughter, aged 11, with tears rolling down their eyes. While most of the doctors get their share of appreciation while doing […]

What things can hamper your child’s emotional health?

Dr Kedar Tilwe, a Consultant Psychiatrist and Sexologist, Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi, shares what different things can affect the children emotionally and how to know them

What things can hamper your child’s emotional health?Children are the apple of their parent’s eyes and for many, their sense of pride and joy. From conception itself, the children serve as a means of completing their parent’s unfulfilled dreams and wishes. The parent-child bond the purest, strong and enduring connections between two people, which lasts a lifetime. Let’s take a look at […]

KEM Hospital to set-up one-stop centre for rape, acid attack victims

Mumbai’s civic-run KEM Hospital is soon going to start a one-stop centre for victims of rape, child abuse and acid attacks. This centre will help reduce the time that these traumatised woman have to spent at the hospital for medical examinations

KEM Hospital to set-up one-stop centre for rape, acid attack victimsThe centre aims to have gynaecologists, physiatrists, forensic experts under one roof. This will help speed up the process of preparing the medical reports which have to be handed over to the police and courts. Now, the sexually abused women and girls will have a dedicated centre for them. This centre will be started at […]

Maha: Only 50% of police, prosecutors are aware about their role under POSCO Act

On May 07, 2018, the first ever statewide research on the status of Implementation of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) law in Maharashtra was released in Mumbai

Maha: Only 50% of police, prosecutors are aware about their role under POSCO ActThe study conducted under NGO Prerana’s Aarambh India Initiative highlights the ground realities and challenges faced by Police, Child Welfare Committees, Hospitals, Prosecutors, District Child Protection Units, Juvenile Justice Boards and Non-Governmental Organization across 17 districts in the state, as they work with child victims of sexual offences. The study highlights that although there is […]

Peoples Health Organisation demand strong rape laws

The current spate of sex assaults-rape cases involving children, minors all over the country are deplorable, particularly because they involve people in authority and power. As a country we react in a knee-jerk fashion and lie cool after initial out-cry settles. After ‘Nirbhaya’ case there are impressive developments to amend rape-laws; however several fronts have been left untouched

Peoples Health Organisation demand strong rape lawsPeoples Health Organisation has been involved in the prevention and control of oppression of women, child sexual abuse and child prostitution ever since it was established in 1982 as Indian Health Organisation. It has been responsible for inclusion of issues related to prevention and control of Child Prostitution in United Nations’ Forward Looking strategies on […]

Childhood trauma and schizophrenia interlinked, offers new hope for treatment

People with schizophrenia may now benefit from more effective, tailored treatments and greater self-empowerment, thanks to research establishing a link between childhood trauma and some of schizophrenia's most common symptoms

Childhood trauma and schizophrenia interlinked, offers new hope for treatmentResearchers from Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence for Youth Mental Health; the University of Melbourne; Port Phillip Prison and University Hospital of Gran Canaria Dr Negrin, Spain conducted a meta-analysis of 29 studies on childhood trauma and psychotic symptoms. As reported in the journal Schizophrenia Bulletin, the strongest finding was that all types of […]

Pune: KEM Hospital introduces test to identify paedophilia among people

While research shows that persons afflicted with paedophilia live under constant pressure of this fear of loss of control, authorities said that testing these tendencies and treating them will help in lessening the cases of child abuse

Pune: KEM Hospital introduces test to identify paedophilia among peopleKEM Hospital Research Centre, Pune has come up with a unique initiative, where it has developed a test to find out whether a person has potential paedophilia tendencies. As a preventive measure, they will also receive treatment at the centre. The project aims to treating those who have not yet committed an act of child […]

‘Aarambh India’: 1st online portal against child sexual abuse

‘Aarambh India’ is a joint initiative launched in the year 2014, which has also received a National Award for Child Welfare, by President Ram Nath Kovind, aims to protect children from sexual offences and rehabilitate the victims. It also hosts the first Internet hotline for reporting online child sexual abuse

‘Aarambh India’: 1st online portal against child sexual abuseThe statistics on sex offences against children in India are grim. There is little clarity among citizens on how to prevent sexual offences against children and how to deal with the law. So, to come to the rescue, ‘Aarambh India’ launched first online resource portal on child sexual abuse. By demonstrating innovative ground programs on […]

The truth behind childhood trauma and how it affects the brain

Previous research has pointed out those individuals who experienced neglect and abuse as children have decreased volumes of white matter in various areas of the brain. The volume and structure of white matter correlate with an individual's capacity for learning, and this component of the brain keeps on developing throughout early adulthood - unlike grey matter

The truth behind childhood trauma and how it affects the brainIt is not news that people abused as children are more exposed to clinical depression, anxiety, and a higher risk of death from suicide. But now, researchers have begun to reveal what happens in the brain following this kind of trauma. According to data provided by the Children’s Bureau of the United States Department of […]