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Challenges faced by sexual assault victims : Study

One out of every three children who have faced sexual abuse, drop out of school in Delhi according to a study done by Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DPCPCR). Of the 100 minor assault survivors, 33% dropped out school and only 9% have plans to resume studies the report revealed .The Commission had interviewed 94 girls and 6 boys. The study also showed only 15% of the survivors received compensation from the government that ranged between 30K and 50K.The major reasons for drop out were long and expensive legal procedure, social stigma, safety and health concerns. The study found that more than 55% of the families of the survivors face challenges in providing education to their children such as low income and safety and security of children. About 15% challenges are non-enrolment in schools, irregularity due to stay in shelter homes, speech disorder, bad health and physical disability. Lack of interest and poor academic performance were seen as challenges by another 15%. Many girl victims showed signs of withdrawal and self imposed isolation post abuse. According to the data,932 cases were registered by Delhi Police under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences ( POSCO)Act in 2017-18.Of these 849 were minor girls while 83 were boys.

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