Sexual abuse robs children of their childhood and has a “devastating, irreversible impact” on their well-being. But the conversation around child rights has only gained momentum in India the past few decades.
The first boy I became “best friends” with showed me the still-raw welts on his back while we sat on my grandfather’s balcony.... We were too young to fully intuit the purport of triggers flung each other’s way when we discussed our violations at the hands of adults.
I could never really process the truth that my own mother had blamed me for being sexually abused when I was a child. I had hoped, naïvely, that my revelation would lead to my parents feeling hurt on my behalf, comforting me, and backing me in a fight for justice.