How to know that your child has been a victim of sexual harassment

Sexual harassment causes behavioral changes in children. They cannot share their experience openly which also affects them psychologically.  Children with a varied age group a have different effect on them. To know more NYOOOZ had an exclusive conversation with Dr. Sumit Gupta, Phycologist Max hospital Delhi.

Kids are pure at heart, these juveniles do not understand what’s good and bad for them. They often misinterpret things as a part of a game. While in case of younger kids they fail to understand what happened with them. In such a scenario it becomes absolutely mandatory to know if your kid has been a victim of sexual harassment. It is seen that children cannot confess to their parents that they have gone through something absurd and disturbing as sexual harassment.


According to experts, sexual harassment causes behavioral changes in children. They cannot share their experience openly which also affects them psychologically.  Children with a varied age group have a different effect on them. To know more NYOOOZ had an exclusive conversation with Dr. Sumit Gupta, Phycologist Max hospital Delhi.



Effect on young kids


 


According to Dr. Sumit Gupta, young kids fail to understand what actually happened with them. Mostly kids falling in the age group of 2-10, mistake it for some sort of game and try replicating it with other kids as well. Such young kids must be informed about the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’ touch so that they can report any sexual harassment.


Effect on teens



As kids enter their teenage, their body undergoes many transformations. They have no knowledge about sex and hence they do not talk about it to anybody. Dr. Gupta shares that ‘mostly teens start drifting away from their family. They keep mum because they are scared of the act and do not share it with anyone’. They start fearing what their parents will think of them, their diet reduces and they begin staying aloof. If you notice your child not talking properly to family members, it could be a sign of sexual harassment. Another sign of the same is sleep deprivation.


How to protect your child



Parents should spend at least 2 hours with their kids. They shouldn’t be very strict with them because doing so, children will be scared of them and will not share things. With sternness, kids start maintaining some distance with them. Parents should be friendly with them, sharing their experience, this will help their children to share both good and bad things happening to them.


By such supportive nature, children feel free and share things with their parents without any hesitation. Dr. Gupta shares that friendly behavior doesn’t count that they make children stubborn, but make them know the difference things like ‘good and bad touch’.


 


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