The department of Psychology, Dhempe College of Arts and Science, Miramar in association with MUKTHA, Bangalore (A Foundation committed to prevent abuse and promote mental health), organised a state level workshop on ‘Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse: Breaking the Silence, Promoting Healing’. The workshop was supported by the Goa State AIDS Control Society.
The main focus of this workshop was on primary prevention of child sexual abuse and to sensitise public on this problem and create awareness among students, teachers, and counsellors. The resource person for the workshop was founder and director of MUKTHA Foundation Ashwini NV. She elaborated on possible warning signs of child sexual abuse, different types of abusers, and preceding factors for CSA.
The inaugural function was attended by the principal, vice-principals, faculty members of Dhempe College, officials of Goa State AIDS Control Society, and the participants. Also present was principal, Vrinda Borker and vice-principal, head of department of Psychology and the convenor of the workshop Mukta Karamadi.
Sunita Arudra and Uma Sadekar conducted one session on HIV and AIDS highlighting the causes and treatment.
The workshop was attended by 86 participants from various colleges and non-governmental organisations. As a part of the outreach program of Department of Psychology, a workshop was also conducted for the students in Dr KB Hedgewar High School, Cujira Educational Complex, Cujira.