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February 01, 2005

Awareness campaign for prevention of child abuse set

January 31, 2005 [Sun Star]

Phillippines - THE Regional Council for the Welfare of Children (RSCWC) is leading national agencies and non-government sectors in the observance of the National Awareness for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Week from February 6 to 12.

The RSCWC, with the Department of Social welfare and Development (DSWD) serving as secretariat, is encouraging government agencies to hang streamers, offer the prepared Prayer for Children, and discuss the core messages of the observance during their flag ceremonies or on any relevant activity for the week.

The awareness campaign calls on appropriate sectors to educate every family and every child on sex and sexuality as well as on what to do when the child is in danger of being sexually abused.

The bigger challenge, according to the RSCWC, is in empowering the community to perform its duty as "watch dog" for each child within their neighborhood or their street, for the community to be vigilant enough to identify potential situations that may pose threat and danger to the child.

Local governments, are likewise challenged to act on cases of sexual abuse and exploitation among children, organize multi-sectoral groups to attend to the cases, allocate funds for preventive programs and assume a disposition of a real and fully child-friendly community.

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Tas group pleads for child sex abuse inquiry

February 1, 2005

TASMANIA - There is a renewed call for a royal commission into child sexual abuse in Tasmania.

The group Survivors Investigating Child Sexual Abuse says it is horrified by a case it has uncovered where a 15-year-old was placed with foster parents who were already being investigated for abuse.

The investigation stems from the ombudsman's recent inquiry into the abuse of children in care.

The foster parents allegedly abused a female in their care eight years ago.

A spokeswoman for the group, Denise Cripps, says she has been told by the Child Protection Agency that it is looking into the placement.

However, Ms Cripps says protocols obviously have not been followed.

She says it is evidence once again that supports a royal commission.

"We continue to call for a state inquiry into child sexual abuse...we would prefer of course a royal commission, an Australian royal commission, federal royal commission into child sexual abuse so that we are all following the same protocols, so that we all are aligned throughout the states and territories throughout Australia," she said.

Meanwhile, Greens justice spokesman Nick McKim says this case is symptomatic of the inadequate way the State Government has handled some aspects of child protection.

"Clearly the Government needs to investigate not only this particular matter, but it needs to cast its net a lot wider," he said.

"We need to know whether there are other people in the same situation who have been placed with carers who have been alleged to have abused children in the past."

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