Starting today, you will be reading stories of how children and families who go through heart-wrenching despair find hope to be resilient, to seek justice, and to heal. The True Justice Heals campaign seeks to raise $25,000 (INR 17 lakh), to help support child victims of sexual abuse and children who have caused harm and want to make amends, in their pursuit of healing and justice.
Today, six years ago, Counsel to Secure Justice came into being. It has been six years of extremely challenging, yet rewarding work. CSJ pursues justice that meets survivor needs, repairs harm from abuse and advocates for restorative solutions within India’s justice system. The CSJ team, on a daily basis, works with children and families who have experienced the worst, and the darkest facets of humanity.
Despite the everyday challenges and the uphill task of supporting children who have faced harm and violence, CSJ has been witness to some exceptional journeys made by children from darkness to light, from suffering to healing. With the launch of our True Justice heals campaign today, we bring to you a month-long reflection on children’s journeys to healing from the unspeakable trauma of child sexual abuse and of those who have caused harm but are now on the path of acknowledgement and reintegration. These are children CSJ has hand-held and stood beside to help them get access to justice and repair the consequences of violent harm.
Starting today, you will be reading stories of how children and families who go through heart-wrenching despair find hope to be resilient, to seek justice, and to heal. Healing from child sexual abuse and childhood violence is a complex process which involves team work between several agents, including the child, the family, the community, the legal and the social justice system of the society. Having worked with hundreds of children in the last six years, CSJ has a repository of stories of how children
have built back their lives with help from the community and the justice system, but mostly through their own grit and resilience to be more than what happened to them.
We hope that these stories of what healing entails, and how healing is indeed a form of true justice, serve as a reminder to you that these children need you. They need you to do your best in spreading awareness so that child sexual abuse can be prevented, and children who have caused harm can get a chance to make amends, but they also need your help financially so that they can access the legal and psycho-social support crucial for this process. Through this campaign, we hope that you can make use of this opportunity to be there for some of the most vulnerable children in our society. Through this campaign, we hope that you can do your bit to help these children heal.