In view of the rising cases of child sex abuse, a team of researchers at the KEM Hospital Research Centre have started a project to help prevent child sex abuse.
This project, called Program for Primary Prevention of Sexual Violence, will offer free treatment to people with paedophilia. Paedophiles are people who have a sexual interest in children or young adolescents, or people who have the desire to consume child pornography but have not acted on their impulses.
“The very thought of paedophilia as a sexual orientation is hard to accept, especially in the Indian society. Therefore, we are spreading awareness about paedophilia so that, with treatment, future sexual violence against children can be prevented,” said Dr Laila Garda, the director of KEMHRC.
They have also started a website called troubled-desire.com to help people diagnose themselves.
“A series of questions are asked for the diagnosis. The patient can then choose to visit the centre or get counselling from experts on the site. It is all confidential. The IP address is not tracked, nor are any personal information, which can lead to identification, revealed,” said Prashant Kulkarni, an anthropologist and programme officer.
“We first screen these people. Once we have established that they are paedophiles, we start the treatment. It involves psychotherapy and sexological treatments. But if that is not enough, medicines can be prescribed, which may even be lifelong,” said Dr Vasudeo Paralikar, who is a principal investigator and heads the psychiatry unit of the hospital.
Information source: timesofindia
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