Ending Child Sexual Abuse
Antardristi was formed in 2003 to address the social issue of child sexual abuse in Nepal due to the alarming scarcity of service provision in this area. Antardristi remains one of a limited number of organisations working to eliminate child sexual abuse within Nepal and undertakes activities in the areas of awareness raising and prevention, child protection, psychosocial recovery and social reintegration. Undertaking this work is considerably complex. There is stigma around mental health which results in a silence around such problems and consequently increased isolation and unremitting difficulties. There also exists discrimination against young women reporting rape as blame may be placed with the victim. This hinders reporting of sexual abuse and violence and allowing it to continue. Moreover, the hidden nature of these difficulties can make securing funding for intervention a challenge.
Through our activities we aim to ensure access to education about sexual violence, human rights and legislation. This empowers children and women to identify, refuse and report sexually inappropriate behaviour. We also address the mental health of children and women, educating about the signs of mental distress relating to sexual abuse and about support available. We aim to challenge traditional perceptions and break down social stigma relating to both mental health and reporting of sexual abuse through our awareness workshops, family and community work. Furthermore we support women who experience sexual abuse in the development of life skills, educational inclusion and job skills training so that they can go on to live full and meaningful lives and we support children and young women who are suffering mental distress through counselling and outreach.