Welcome to the 3rd edition of Annual Stakeholders Conference on Child Sexual Abuse (ASCCSA 2017). The details of the conference are:

Pre-seminar Workshops
Date: May 3rd & 4th, 2017
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Venue: Ground Floor, YMCA International House, Mumbai Central, Mumbai

Main Seminar
Date: May 5th & 6th, 2017
Time: 9:30 am to 5 pm
Venue: Rangaswar Auditorium, Y. B. Chavan Centre, Nariman Point, Mumbai. 

ASCCSA 2017 will once again bring together field-experts to take on pressing aspects of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA). This year, the conference aims to advance the discourse on CSA in India by focusing on four themes. Within each of these themes are unique risks and challenges experienced by both caregivers and help-seekers. The conference will engage with the themes independently as well as intersectionally, with a dual lens of prevention and response. The themes are as follows:

Recent developments and trends in CSA

 Looking at recent developments in the CSA space across the globe and trace emerging trends and best practices to inform the future course of action.

Juveniles with problematic sexual behaviour

  Sexual behaviour in children can lie along a continuum ranging from exploration to actual offending. When sexual crimes against children are committed by other minors, it poses unique challenges, especially for child protection and criminal justice professionals. How equipped are we to cope with it? This theme would focus on looking at the following aspects:

  • The recognition of different types of sexual behaviour amongst children
  • Identifying and intervening with problematic sexual behaviour
  • Working with children in conflict with law

Child sexual abuse in the digital space

 The online revolution is increasingly sweeping away more and more people, leading to merger of offline and online spaces. The age of introduction to online space is getting younger by the day. This creates unique threats and challenges where on one hand the offender may be looking out for children online, on the other hand, anonymity may encourage more people to easily offend. How do the online and offline spaces merge to create threats for children?

Intersections of vulnerable children, sexuality, and sexual abuse

 Although all children are at a constant risk of sexual abuse, children with disability, queer sexuality, or those in institutional homes are at a higher risk of sexual abuse both due to self-stigma as well as a lack of support systems. How do we bring about a collective understanding that can inform practice on the unique challenges experienced by vulnerable groups of children?