Recently,a London based team announced that registration is open for the Sexology In India Conference 2017, the first-ever Anglo-Indian collaborative conference designed by and for sexologists on the forefront of psychological therapies in India. The conferences will be held in Delhi on 29/01/17, Kolkata on 31/01/17 and Mumbai on 02/02/17.
The conference includes six distinguished panelists and speakers from London, including a consultant psychiatrist, a consultant sexual health & HIV physician, eminent psychosexual therapists and health educators practising in London.Dr Rima Mukherjee, eminent Consultant Psychiatrist from Kolkata, Rima Hawkins from London and Patron Subrata Datta, local businessman sponsoring the conference and the training was present during the Press conference.The Sexology Conference in India Jan/Feb 2017 invites interest from Physicians, Psychiatrists, Psychologists and their students as well as practitioners interested in impact of sexual health (medical & psychological) in relationships. Sexology including intimate relationships are key topics for discussion for issues facing Indians today and the possibility of training in India in collaboration with staff and resources from London.Psychological part and psychotherapy is most important part of sexual treatment and equally essential for better healthy and lengthy conjugal life. In this regard an overall mass awareness is necessary as well as latest art of technique of treatment should be reached to the doctors & counselors. In this point of view such conferences will open many informative angles to achieve the goal.
Rima Hawkins shares her thoughts .
From your experience, do you think sex is still considered a taboo
topic in India?
Yes, not just in India, across the world. Some countries like India were the first to acknowledge sex via Kamasutra but over the years it has become a subject of shame due to guilt associated with the work sex.
What is the one stigma around sex or sex therapy that you would like
to eradicate in India?
I/we are not powerful enough to eradicate any stigma but what we want to do is strengthen/empower practitioners and people who are interested in this subject to have the knowledge, skills and framework through the training we are proposing to be able to help the people who need psychosexual support and help.
Have sexual practices changed significantly since you began practising? How?
Sexual Addiction has developed due to easy access to internet, Divorce rates are higher – men and women feel stronger than before that they can leave the marriage and walk away from what they don’t want, rising numbers in affairs, Child sexual abuse statistics have risen by 330% since 2001 until 2011. Some of these practices were probably there but there are more and more people reporting and wanting help. We need to create an open place for people to feel no judged to seek help but also have trained professionals who can.
How would you advise a person who is struggling with their sexuality?
Sexuality is different from gender issues. Sexuality is a very personal choice of an individual where they choose their sexual partners according to their preference. It is a myth that boys who are raped or sexually abused become gay. Some children think that having sex with the other sex is normal because they don’t understand nor are they told what is sexual health, sexual ‘rights and wrongs’. Therefore choosing sexuality or partner from same sex is not normal. I would ask various clinical and non clinical questions during therapy to ascertain if they understand what sexuality is and empower sexually aware children to choose from different kinds of relationships. I would talk about what each of the different kinds of relationship means and how they impact on the individuals life. For example, higher risks of HIV in certain groups of people.
How Important is Sex Education in School? Will it play a role in preventing Child abuse/rapes in India?
Sex education has to be age appropriate. To start with educating children at an early age of puberty could be about their body changes such as menstruation for girls, noctural emission for boys. They will not be scared of these natural changes. Children are using emergency contraception – ipill at a rate that they may have fertility issues. These are important messages from early age. Learning to say no and reporting undesired or unconsented touch or sexual acts can reduce the damage impact on children. Reporting early will reduce abuse for sure.
Facebook and Twitter are so overpopulated that perverts, pedophiles,
and rapists using the platforms are growing in numbers. What are your
Children want to talk and visit these pages and areas because they fulfill their curiosity but fall into danger zone. It becomes a pleasure addiction and human nature is to push boundaries to explore. If sex education can fulfill their needs and curiosity in a healthy way, these crimes would be less like Scandinavian countries. Sex education starts early and the children and adults talk freely about sex which has resulted in lowering sex crime. We have a lot to learn from them.