20th National Awareness Week for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation PDF Print E-mail
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Press Release

01 February 2016

20th National Awareness Week for the Prevention

of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation



The Council for the Welfare of Children enjoin the nation to be one in combating child abuse. This is in observance of Presidential Proclamation No. 731 series of 1996 that declares the 2nd week of February of every year as "National Awareness Week for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation" or also known as "Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Week (CSAAW)". This years’ observance will be on February 8-13, 2016 with the theme I AM THE SOLUTION!”. The theme engages every individual to create change in their communities to make a meaningful impact on sexual violence.

Based on the DSWD child abuse preliminary report as of January 2015, a total of 1,319 or 29% sexually abused and exploited children from 5,526 cases were served by the Department for CY 2015.  For the last three years (2012-2014), sexually abused and exploited children remains second in rank with the highest number of the different types of child abuse cases served by the DSWD.

The following activities will strengthen the promotion of the right of the child towards a Child-Friendly Philippines:  A Caring and Protective Society for, by and with the Children.

a) CSAAW Kick-Off Program with Director Pacita Sarino of DSWD – Protective Services Bureau and Mayor Herbert Bautista on February 8, 2016 at 9:00AM - 4:00PM at the Liwasang Aurora, Quezon City Circle, Quezon City with target participants of 600 children ages 10 up, youth, parents and officials from the Quezon City, National Agencies, Non-Government Organization. The objective is to reach the concerned agencies and the general public on protecting children from sexual abuse and commercial sexual exploitation. This will be highlighted with the video campaign about individual and stakeholder/s expression of commitment and support to end sexual abuse among children and the presentation of the study entitled “THEY SHAMED ME”: A baseline study on the vulnerabilities of street-involved boys to sexual exploitation in Manila;

b) Safer internet Day Campaign c/o Stairway Foundation on February 9, 2016. In support to CSAAW observance, the Stairway Foundation will integrate CSEC advocacy during the safer internet day celebration. There will be a simultaneous school caravan on online safety through their Break the Silence Movement (BSM) in NCR, Silang Cavite, Zamboanga Sibugay, Cebu, Batangas and Mindoro. Prevention of child abuse and exploitation online will be one of their topics during the activity; and

c) Roundtable Discussion on Sexual Exploitation of Children study in the National Capital Region on February 10, 2016 at the Sequioa Hotel, Timog. Expected to attend are 30 select participants from SACSEC Members, Service Providers (NGO, LGU, NGA) and Legislators. Objectives of the RTD are: to present the study on comprehensive understanding of commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) and the emerging nature, forms and extent of CSEC of children and adolescents in Metro Manila and present significant highlights and snapshots on the preliminary results of the research. The study was commissioned by Plan Philippines to Dr. Elizabeth de Castro of the Psycho -social Support and Children’s Rights Resource Center (PST CRRC).

Other CSAAW activities that extend beyond the week-long commemoration included Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Sexual Abuse (CPTCSA) Roundtable Discussion with the Family Court Judges; Popularization for kids and teens”, Fun and Learning Day with Children led by ECPAT and TUGON, on February 20, 2016 at the College of Science, Ampitheater, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City wherein 300 children (7-17 years old) from various communities in Quezon City as participants and Laura Vicuna Foundation“Follow your dreams” (Against sexual abuse) on February 21, 2016 respectively.

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For inquiries please contact:

Mr. Elino L. Bardillo, Public Affairs and Information Office (PAIO) or

Ms. Adelaida Chavezof Policy and Planning Division (PPD)

Telephone No. 7811039 local 1005/1006/2003

Last Updated on Friday, 26 February 2016 13:57