Speak Life is a Pro-life initiative which operates on the belief that life begins at conception. It raises awareness and campaigns for the idea of “life before birth” and the rights of an unborn child. Furthermore, it conducts seminars on Pornography addiction and Child Sexual Abuse. The issues it aims to address are:
During 2010–2014, an estimated 56 million induced abortions were performed each year worldwide.
According to the first national study of the incidence of abortion and unintended pregnancy in India, an estimated 15.6 million abortions were performed in the country in 2015. This translates to an abortion rate of 47 per 1,000 women aged 15–49. The study was conducted jointly by researchers at the International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai; the Population Council, New Delhi; and the Guttmacher Institute.
Accordingly, a child is aborted in India every 2 seconds – 30 babies every minute.
There is a widespread misunderstanding about the Sanctity of Life. In fact, ignorance prevails even within the educated class about unborn children. The awareness of the issue and education about life before birth has become a necessity. Speak Life aims to draw attention to the fact that Abortion completely ignores the rights of unborn children and is thus indistinguishable from foeticide.
The Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act was enacted by the Indian Parliament in 1971 and came into force from 01 April, 1972. The MTP Act was again revised in 1975. This Act has brought in reasons for which abortions can be conducted legally. This has made it much easier for foeticide to occur, with almost zero accountability.
All of these are issues that Speak Life is combating via seminars in schools and colleges, raising awareness and providing support to those in need of advice and counseling.
Anecdotal evidence indicates that most Indians (male and female) first encounter porn by the age of 12. In 2017, porn consumption in India reportedly rose by 75 percent when mobile data rates dropped, mostly in tier-2 and tier-3 towns.
According to Rescue, a Bangalore-based NGO cited the survey it conducted amongst 400 students from 10 city colleges, and said there was a growing number of youth watching violent pornography. 70% of students who were surveyed had watched porn from the age of 10 years. Besides, 31% of the boys interviewed watched violent porn content and 93% of the boys admitted that porn was as addictive as drugs while 86% of the boys admitted that watching porn does lead to sexual activities.
India is the 3rd most Porn watching Country in the World, up from 4th in 2014.
To understand the magnitude of India’s Porn Epidemic and its impact on children, youth and adults, the following link can be referred to:
Speak Life conducts campaigns against Pornography addiction, offering counseling and help to those afflicted by this addiction.
CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE (CSA):
A survey conducted by humanitarian aid organization World Vision India, participated in by more than 45,000 children in the 12-18 age group, across 26 states in the country, revealed that one in every two children is a victim of child sexual abuse.
The survey with a sample of 45,844 respondents also revealed that one in every five does not feel safe because of the fear of being sexually abused. It also said one in four families do not come forward to report child abuse.
India has the world’s largest number of child sexual abuse cases. Two children are sexually abused every hour in some part of India. Most of them are under the age of 16 years.
10,000+ children were raped in India in the year 2015. According to the Indian Government and UNICEF, a child under 26 is raped in India every 155 minutes, and a child under 10 every 13 hours. 240 million women living in India were married before the age of 18. Additionally, over 53% of children who participated in a government study regarding child abuse reported enduring some sort of sexual abuse, and 50% of child abusers are known persons or caregivers.
To fight against this evil, we help spread awareness and also give encouragement and support to those affected to come forward and take a stand against sexual abuse, so that they may be able to have fruitful, wholesome lives.
OUR SPAN OF WORK:
The overall goal of 'Speak Life' program is to make people understand Sanctity of Human Life, in or outside the womb. The focus is primarily on the innocent lives of children who are being affected each moment by above mentioned and similar social evils, rooted deeply in our society. We not only aim to urge the masses to refrain from indulging in unethical, immoral practices concerning children and otherwise, but also save the ones who've been going through it.