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Saturday, 13 February 2016
New book on male sexual abuse survivors' trauma - Ahemedabad
There are very few who write on male survivors of sexual abuse in childhood and Dr Arun Sharma, a physician in Mount Abu and national vice-president of the National Association for the Blind (NBA) has made a sincere attempt dispelling myths regarding the invulnerability of males.
His novel 'Skylights', released on Sunday, is a story revolving around the traumatic experiences of two characters Ramkhilawan, portrayed as a nascent, pleasing village boy and Shardul, a young, urban go-getter.
Sharma announced that he will donate a large part of the proceeds from book sale towards the cause of the visually impaired. 'Skylights' was released by IIM professor Padmashri Anil Gupta in Ahmedabad on Sunday.
After the book release, Gupta said, "I have known Dr Sharma through his socially relevant activities, his dedication for the cause for the physically challenged and the environment. I have also read Dr Sharma's poetry and even wrote an introduction to one of his poetry collections. One can easily sense the sensitivity with which Dr Sharma builds his perceptions, expresses his philosophical predicaments and dilemmas." Addressing the audience, Sharma said, "There are a number of societal myths that have led to an under-recognition of male childhood sexual abuse. It is time there should be an increased attention to this issue of male victimization to reduce both the stigma and isolation of male survivors. For years, I have interacted with teenagers, both boys and girls on these sensitive issues in schools and I have realized that some of these myths prevail. I chose a story of two boys to dispel these myths. I have also highlighted the long-term impact of childhood sexual abuse through this novel."