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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.

Posted by Nancy at February 1, 2005 06:39 PM