JU Conducts Workshop on Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse

JAMMU: Department of Psychology, University of Jammu and Directorate of Integrated Child Protection Services, Jammu & Kashmir in collaboration with Muktha Foundation, NGO based in Bangalore organized a special training workshop in the University of Jammu.

In the inaugural session Professor Arti Bakhshi, Head, Department of Psychology welcomed the participants and impressed on the need of this kind of specialized training workshops.

The workshop was inaugurated by Professor Keshav Sharma, Dean of Academic Affairs, University of Jammu, who was Chief Guest of the program. He in his address highlighted the role of parents, teachers and community in general for the prevention of Child Sexual Abuse. Professor Darshana Sharma, Dean Faculty of Education, University of Jammu was Guest of Honour.

She spoke about how most abusers were known to the children and not necessarily strangers. Muktha foundation which focuses on the prevention of Interpersonal Abuse and promoting Mental Health covered different issues in relation to the prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and also different techniques for its prevention during the session. The objective of the workshop as part of their national campaign titled 'Bhayamukth Bharath' is to make child safety a national priority.

G A Sofi, Mission Director ICPS, J & K in the Valedictory session spoke on the importance of good parenting for the prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and also highlighted the role of trained professionals in dealing with the prevention of any form of abuse.

The facilitators of the session were Ashwini N.V., Director and Annette Shaju, Psycho-educator at Muktha Foundation. The participants were Protection Officers, Legal Officers, Social workers, Counselor and Outreach Workers of JKICPS and scholars, and students of Department of Psychology, University of Jammu, Jammu. Vote of thanks was presented by Junaid, Nodal officer, ICPS, J&K.

An interactive session was organized in the evening in Priyadarshini Girls Hostel for the benefit of boarders of University Girls Hostels. Dr, Sarita Sood, Warden and Richa Sharma, Resident Warden were present on the occasion along with Prof Arti Bakhshi to facilitate the interaction.

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