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Installation using portrait photography and survivor interviews

Sexual abuse of children is a topic that is still taboo in India. Yet, according to a 2007 study by the Indian government, every second child is being subjected to one or more forms of sexual abuse. Across the country, every fifth child faces severe sexual assault like rape and sodomy. Contrary to general perception, boys are more likely to be abused than girls. Sexual violence is commonly perpetrated by someone known to the child. Most children do not report the matter to anyone. Often children do not even realize that they are being abused. A conspiracy of silence prevails around the issue which tacitly encourages abuse. 

This project is an attempt to ensure that the multitude of survivors do not fade away as mere statistics and the mistakes of previous generations are not repeated. If you want to share your story, contact - info[at]chhandakpradha[dot]com

keywords: child abuse, rape, survivor, India, portrait, photography, audio, interview
Kacker, Loveleen, et al. Study on Child Abuse: INDIA 2007. Ministry of Women and Child Development Government of India, 2007.


* some names have been changed to protect the identity of the survivors