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Women are sharing child abuse stories on Twitter and they’re shocking

Everyday Sexism started a hashtag on Twitter #WhenIWas and many decided to open up about experiencing child abuse.

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Reportedly, over 53% children in India face sexual abuse. Unfortunately, most cases go unreported because of social stigma, lack of awareness and societal pressure. Often, children don’t realize they’re being abused till later stages in life when they become fully aware of child sexual abuse.

Everyday sexism, a project started in 2012 by a British feminist writer Laura Bates, catalogues everyday instances of sexism experienced by women across the world willingly shared by them with Bates. On April 21, Everyday Sexism started a hashtag on Twitter #WhenIWas and many decided to open up about experiencing child abuse. The stories are shocking.

“When I was 6, my dad use to touch me in ways I wasn’t comfortable with & wouldn’t stop when asked because he said my body belonged to him,” said one. It’s been found out that most children are abused at the hands of the people they know.

Though, there are many NGOs in the country working with children on the ground level to educate them on good touch and bad touch, there is still a long way to go to get people to report such cases in India.

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