Between October 19 and year end, the Light Campaign highlights images that represent light and darkness to children who have been sexually abused. We celebrate the creative spirit that exists in children despite dark times they endure.
The pictures Neha* took to represent light and darkness focus on friendship and support during lonely times.
Neha was 14-years old when she came to Delhi to work for a family as a caretaker of their children. As she went to buy soap from a local shop late one night, a man on the street noticed her and passed lewd comments. He grabbed her, took her to an abandoned room and raped her. Neha managed to escape and hide in a juice shop until help came.
“Whenever I am alone, I feel scared that someone is calling me and can harm me in some way,” Neha says. “At these times, I try to hide myself from everyone.”
When children suffer sexual abuse, shame and stigma isolate the child and create a deep sense of loneliness. Often those closest to them, including family, don’t believe them if they disclose sexual abuse. They fail to give support or reject the child altogether.
“Friendship brings out the best in me. My friends encourage me and support me in good as well as bad times.” Neha explains. “They are my family. They help me become a better human being every day and we learn from each other.”
CSJ social workers strive to be this support, even family, to our clients as we walk with them during times of greatest darkness in their lives.
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*Name changed to protect identity