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Parents, Communities Vigilance Needed to Combat Child Sexual Abuse


The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Field Office VII is encouraging parents and the community to be vigilant in order to combat sexual abuse and molestation.

This is in line with the Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Week. Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 731 series of 1996 the celebration is done every second week of February.

This year’s theme is “Proteksyon ng Bata …Tungkulin ng Bawat Isa” and highlights that stamping out child abuse starts if all sectors in the society are aware and vigilant in protecting child’s rights.

“Parents should be aware of some behavioural symptoms that an abused child display like experiencing depression, poor school performance, anxiety or may exhibit aggressive and self-destructive behaviour,” said Grace Yana, Social Worker Focal on Children.

“Sexual abuse often involves more than a single incident and could go on for months and years if not prevented,” Yana added.

“Teaching young children about the different parts of the body and telling them that no one can touch their bodies if they don’t want possible abuse to happen,” Yana explained on the role of the family in protecting their children against abuse.

For Dr. Eduardo Bacaltos of the Department of Education (DepEd-7), lessons on sex education are already integrated in the country’s basic education curriculum.

“Teaching children the exact name of genitals at an early age is better than telling them about the birds and flowers,” Bacaltos added.

He said that modules on sex education are integrated in subjects like Science and Araling Panlipunan and designed to raise student awareness on the importance of protecting one’s self and taking the right decision over consequences of not being taught the right way.

Senior Police Inspector Marylou Cuizon of the Philippine National Police (PRO-7) said that parents should teach children to be safe and responsible online user.

“Kids should avoid posting and e-mailing personal information like photos, birth dates and addresses to strangers who would lure them with money and other material things,” Cuizon added.

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