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On Saturday March 22nd, we opened our office and resource center to the general public for the first time. Amongst those invited were students from Jadavpur University, Loreto College, St.Xaviers College and numerous city NGO’s; all of whom came together to show solidarity for the fledgling organization that has only recently established it’s name in the field of child right’s activism and Child Sexual Abuse awareness through performing arts, intervention, counseling and interactive discussion.
The interactive session was facilitated by members Mirna Guha and Nayantara Mazumdar, both students of Elaan’s in-house peer counseling course, who deftly tackled questions on sexuality, gender, communication barriers between parents and their children, “coming out”,homosexuality and other topics that are otherwise considered “taboo” and not “media-friendly”. It was interesting to note that not one media person chose to support the occasion despite it being a noteworthy one and indeed, a “one-of-a-kind”, given the most recent tragedy ; that being the death of Scarlett Keeling.
Among the solutions that resulted from the session were the ones that involved speaking with parents and heads of organizations about personal safety, involving young children in self-awareness and self-esteem and speaking to both parent and child as a “team” to ensure clear and consistent communication between both, so as to ensure less stress for both.
Elaan ended the session by mentioning it’s tele-counseing details, and also it’s website address (www.elaan.org) and all pronounced themselves as being grateful for the openness and informality provided by an open space and tea-time atmosphere.
The organizers are grateful to Mr.Barun Roy for his invaluable assistance with the LCD Projector, and for his chipping in voluntarily with last-minute help. Mr. and Mrs. Sinha are also to be thanked for their patience with open gates, spilt tea and other things. A special hug to Minoti di for the tea and Blue the dog for being the best mascot we could have!
The Elaan community on orkut.com is doing very well.. current discussions range from Incest outrage to how to deal with confronting an abuser.
For those who aren’t a part of it yet, do join in – http://www.orkut.com/Community.aspx?cmm=24455884
Guj and i are heading to Kathmandu, Nepal this Sunday to present our gameplan with regard to CSA awareness and outreach. More importantly, as Guj pointed out, this being an international conference/workshop, it’ll be more important for us as representatives of India, to bring forward “Indian Sociology” .. in other words societal make-up.
Do wish us luck ! :D
This is an open invitation for survivors of sexual abuse to post their stories, poetry and quotes which will be put up on the Elaan Official Website which is currently under construction.
- The material needs to be yours. If you wish to quote someone who’s work inspired you, please give them due credit.
- You can write your real name as author if youre comfortable with it being displayed on a ‘public’ website. If you are not, please SPECIFY in your email and we will quote you as Anonymous.
- There is no deadline as such for submissions, but ASAP would be preferable. However, we understand the sensitivity and triggering quality of catharctic writing, so we would recommend that you take your time.
This is a link for those who are on orkut (or irk-ut as it gets sometimes).
Finally, WN is happening…
Excited as hell.
Volunteers report from 2pm onwards, core team at 1pm .
Creative team to be here any minute to brush up on details.
will post pictures / media reports soon.
I am the FudgeQueen. I would prefer to be known just as that for now, till we are better acquainted. This blog will focus on providing consistent updates and informative essays on Child Sexual Abuse.
My group is called Elaan. We have been around since July 2004. We will be a registered NGO by January 2006. Till then the movement to spread awareness on Child Sexual Abuse is being spearheaded by me. Its tough but relevant.
What IS Child Sexual Abuse and why bother crying yourself hoarse over it when it’s about something that happened in the past ?
That’s a question that i have been asked by all and sundry. After tiring myself out with diplomatic responses, i feel that this, i.e. today, is the right time to set the record straight.
I have had personal experiences with facing abuse, and have been through hell with dealing with the aftermath of it. I see myself as a living example of a survivor who, after (finally) receiving support and love, is still not completely over it.
The aftermath is what is even more dangerous than the abuse itself.
WHITE NOISE – THE CONCERT DEDICATED TO PROMOTING NEW MUSIC JUXTAPOSED WITH A RARELY ATTEMPTED ENDEAVOUR (CSA AWARENESS), IS HAPPENING ON
Thursday the 23rd of November
at Swabhumi – The Heritage Park from 5pm onwards.
Entry fee is only 10 bucks.
Performing artists –
CASSINI’S DIVISION – the gods of alt (:D)
HOOF HOOEY – passionate punk rockers
A-LIST – Ash,Ashwini,MKB, your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper.. check him out here
Thats all for now folks, comments welcome.