FIFTEEN students at an early childhood education centre in Taiperia, Lautoka, were made aware of the issues of child abuse by members of Soroptimist International last week.
The group, which was prompted to hold the workshops by the popular Indian TV series Satyamev Jayate — a show that highlights social issues including child abuse — has already conducted awareness programs at eight schools in Lautoka.
Organisation president Zareena Bi said they were contacted by the centre to hold a workshop for the children.
"Four of our members visited the centre to teach the children more about what they need to know regarding child abuse," she said.
"They were informed of the parts of their bodies no one was allowed to touch.
"We were very pleased to see parents attend the workshop as well.
"They agreed with what we were putting out to the students.
"We also told them to communicate with their parents and in turn for the parents to listen when their children want to talk to them."
Ms Bi also mentioned children were sometimes afraid to speak up because there were cases where trusted adults abused small children.
"In this case, parents are to be very vigilant and communicate regularly with their children."
She said the workshops would continue until they cover all schools in Lautoka.
In addition, Ms Bi said it was important to take a stand against the rising number of child-related offences.