Vidya Reddy

Executive Director and Managing Trustee, Tulir-Centre for the Prevention and Healing of Child Sexual Abuse (CPHCSA), Chennai

A strident voice against child sexual abuse, Vidya Reddy finds her purpose in providing support and advocacy around issues related to the same as the Executive Director and Managing Trustee of the Tulir-Centre for the Prevention and Healing of Child Sexual Abuse (CPHCSA), Chennai. This non-profit, set up in 2005, is involved with both direct intervention and advocacy level activities. Tulir’s mandate of addressing Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) includes public education programs and developing information resources on the topic. The centre is involved in creation and strengthening of support networks, especially for legal assistance and psychosocial healing of abused children and their families. Technical assistance and training related to professional response sector involvement are also significant activities. Fostering of coalitions and networks to influence policy and legislative initiatives are also undertaken by Tulir. Vidya Reddy is interested in all aspects of child abuse. In specific, she deals with the implications of the intersection of digital technology with sexual violence against children, improving the experience of child witnesses’ entanglement with the criminal justice system, assisting child and youth serving organizations evolve child protection policies and the social marketing of child sexual abuse prevention amongst other things. Other than support, she writes and consults extensively on the topic and is one-of-her-kind activists in the country on this issue.