Open lines of communication between parents and children are crucial in preventing forms of child sexual abuse. In Sri Lanka, there is a reticence to discuss body parts, and shame is often the earliest association children have with their genitalia. It is this sense of shame and perceived secrecy that perpetrators take advantage of i.e. “This is our secret, don’t tell mummy or daddy.” Parents and children must be encouraged to talk openly about their bodies. This workshop will begin to help parents and children in accessing the tools that will build the most important skill of all – open and honest communication.
Age suitability: 4-6 and parents
Facilitated by Hans Billimoria and Paba Deshapriya – Directors of The Grassrooted Trust