Kangana Ranaut’s sexual assault experience heightens the need for children to know about unsafe touching

Kangana Ranaut’s sexual assault experience heightens the need for children to know about unsafe touching

Kangana Ranaut’s sexual assault experience heightens the need for children to know about unsafe touching

Some love her for her art of not beating around the bush and others may hate her for it, but Kangana Ranaut clearly knows how to speak her mind. Recently, the Manikarnika The actress left everyone in shock as she bravely recounted her ordeal of sexual assault as a child. She revealed on a reality show that a boy inappropriately touched her at the age of 6 in her hometown.

The actress said on the recent episode of the show, “All of us have been touched inappropriately at some point. I have faced this. I was a child and a young man from our village used to touch me inappropriately. At the time, I didn’t know what it meant. As protective as your family is, every child goes through this.”

April is also observed as Child Sexual Awareness Month, which makes Kangana’s traumatic experience worth talking about. She added, “Another point is that they make you feel guilty about it. This is a huge crisis for children in our society. Children are psychologically traumatized and scarred for life. They face such endless problems in life. This guy was three or four years older than me…maybe he was exploring his sexuality. He would call us, have us all undress and check us out. We wouldn’t understand at the time.”

Considering Kangana’s brush with childhood sexual harassment, it’s extremely important to teach your child about safe and unsafe touching. Learning what is and isn’t safe touch helps kids develop self-awareness, trust their instincts, and seek help when they need it.

Dr. Kriti Israni, a child nutritionist, parenting and child development expert, spoke with Health Shots about how we can keep children safe from sexual harassment.

Considering Kangana’s shocking revelation about childhood sexual assault, you should keep these things in mind when raising your son:

1. Consent

Dr. Israni says: “If we teach our children about safe and unsafe touching; they develop a sense of self-awareness, about having a choice. They learn the importance of consent and the power it has; they learn to say ‘No’ when they feel uncomfortable”.

speech delayTalk to your child often and teach him when to say ‘No’. Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

2. Limits

When children are aware of limits, what they are and why they are essential; they develop a sense of understanding to respect the boundaries of others and how to protect themselves when they are violated.

3. Follow your instincts

Awareness of good and bad strokes helps children connect with their inner selves and follow their instincts in situations. We teach them that they must learn to listen and believe in themselves instead of following what others tell them to do.

4. Meaning of security

Children develop what the term ‘safe’ means, what the feelings associated with safety are, and how they can tell the difference between insecure and safe feelings. By learning about safe and unsafe touch, children develop a greater sense of security.

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5. Awareness of body parts

As children learn about safe touch, they become more aware of their body parts, the feelings associated with those parts, and which parts are considered “private.” It makes them generally more aware of their movements, actions and behaviors.

6. Strengthen the parent-child bond

When parents create a safe space for children to open up and encourage them to share uncomfortable feelings they’ve experienced, they both develop an unbreakable intimate bond. “Children learn that no matter what happens, they have their parents to support and protect them throughout their lives. This helps them develop more self-confidence and a greater sense of security.” says Dr. Israni, who is also the founder of Hale & Hearty kids.

7. Unconditional love and respect

Children learn that regardless of changes in life, they will receive unconditional love and support from their parents. They develop a deeper value and respect for their relationship with their parents. Like growing children in the world, the support of guardians helps them realize their worth and fight back when they feel discouraged or physically or emotionally violated.

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While Kangana has always been a standard-bearer for many social issues, it’s hard to talk about sexual abuse and the years of trauma it causes. We applaud her for his courageous stand on the matter and for raising more awareness of child sexual harassment.

It is your duty to also educate your children about it and have an open dialogue with them whenever possible.

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