On January 20th, our social workers hosted a session for 40 girls in a shelter home in Madhya Pradesh. The girls learned about the POCSO Act (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences), ways to protect themselves, and how to get help. The survivors bravely reflected on their past. One survivor realized she was still afraid of the person who abused her. Another asked why she was unable to speak when she was exploited. Victims often blame themselves, and we reminded the girls they are not responsible for what happened.
Though the mood was somber, the survivors appreciated the opportunity to learn about the POCSO Act, how it protects children and punishes perpetrators.