Thursday, June 11, 2009 11:31 IST
As Cause Ambassador for NGO RAHI (Recovery and Healing from Incest), Nandana Sen is deeply committed to raising
awareness of the widespread trauma of child abuse, and working with its survivors. "Healing is often harder for men than
it is for women, " she observed.
"For males the biggest obstacle is their reluctance to talk about it. In our
society men have been conditioned to believe by definition they must always be aggressive rather than helpless.
Since a ‘real' man is expected to never accept he could be a ‘victim, ' men fear that acknowledging their
trauma would threaten their masculinity." Nandana also revealed that hiding the pain of their abuse often leads to male
survivors experiencing great confusion over their sexual identities and orientation.
"Some survivors become
intolerably homophobic and some unhealthily aggressive, " Nandana said. "Disastrously, masculinity and power often
get confused with abusiveness.
For both men and women, the first step toward healing is breaking the silence
about their abuse." Which was the subject of "Chuppee, " a short feature against CSA Nandana recently completed,
sponsored by UNIFEM.