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About HEAL

In India, Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) happens at such a high rate that it may be safe to call it an epidemic. According to the widely cited study by Ministry of Women and Child Development, 53% of children in India experience one or more forms of sexual abuse before they turn 18 years old. Professionals working against the issue vouch for this figure being even higher. Yet, there is a limited understanding among adults about the gravity of the issue and effective ways of preventing and sensitively responding to it.

To this end, HEAL emerged as a project from the passion and concern of the people working at The Foundation, with an aim to fight against Child Sexual Abuse in India. HEAL stands for Help Eradicate Abuse through Learning and works to eliminate sexual abuse of children through a three- pronged approach:

(i) Prevention of CSA,

(ii) Responding to adult and child survivors, and

(iii) Advocacy for child rights against sexual abuse & exploitation.

We also organise the Annual Stakeholders' Conference on Child Sexual Abuse (ASCCSA).

In 2017, HEAL grew into an independent NGO, though remaining under the ideological umbrella of The Foundation.

Through its work, HEAL establishes Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) as an issue that can no longer be ignored within homes, schools, communities and state & national policies on child protection. Given the fact that CSA often comes from people who are known and trusted by children, it calls for adults to learn how to identify, confront and prevent abusive behaviours, as well as understand the developmental challenges sexually abusive behaviours may pose in front of children. HEAL plugs-in these gaps.

OUR VISION:

At HEAL we envision a community that upholds, understands and values the rights of its children by protecting them from sexual abuse and enables the healing of survivors through a gentle, sensitive and long term companionship.

OUR MISSION:

To prevent sexual abuse of children through the tool of education. We aim to enable all involved to understand, recognize, learn preventive methods and respond sensitively to child sexual abuse.
To make quality psychotherapeutic response available to every child and adult survivor of CSA in India.
To actively lobby with governments to put child rights at the heart of policy making.

There are few atrocities worse than child sexual abuse because it robs a child of trust, innocence and wonder. In India, more than half of our children have been sexually abused. We have the second highest rate of child sexual abuse in the world. The only way CSA can be eradicated is to remove the veil of silence, educate, be vigilant, punish perpetrators and most importantly, support survivors with ceaseless love, care and healing.

-Rahul Bose

Meet the team

Trustees
Rahul Bose
Anuradha Ansari

Advisor
Suchismita Bose

Team
Nikita Patodia
Director
Janavi Doshi
Program Director