Today’s world struggles with the pressing need to address children’s vulnerability to sexual abuse. Recognizing this issue, the Psychological Services and Independent Living Program collaborated in providing psychoeducational sessions on Child Sexual Abuse Prevention (CSAP) to empower Masaya Home children with the knowledge and skills necessary to prevent and respond to sexual abuse.
Small group sessions were conducted weekly. The children were given age-appropriate psychosexual education with topics that included the following: Children’s Rights and Responsibilities, Sexual Abuse (types of abuse, perpetrators, grooming process), and How to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse (touching rules, protective laws, trusted adults, saying ‘NO’, reporting line/mechanism).
The sessions ended with a culminating activity that showcased the children’s learning and insights through group performances and testimonials. Each group sincerely performed their role plays, poem recital, singing, and interpretative dancing. And the testimonies from the children and house parents were significant in continuing proper monitoring of protective behaviors at home, school, and community. The culminating activity also included a collaborative workshop on child protection both for the staff and children. The workshop asked the questio,n “Paano ma-proteksyunan ang mga bata?” to summarize and reflect on what the children learned during the duration of the sessions. Additionally, the house parents also presented their output showing specific ways and practices to protect the children from possible sexual abuse. The house parents put emphasis on setting healthy boundaries and being a good model for the children. Then, the culminating activity ended with the awarding of child protection advocate ribbons for the children and staff.
Virlanie remains a foundation for a brighter and safer future for the children. Equipping them with the tools to protect themselves, communicate effectively, and seek help when needed, sets an inspiring precedent in child protection and empowerment. In a world where children’s safety is paramount, the Virlanie Foundation’s collaborative effort stands as a representation of hope and resilience. Join us and learn more by visiting www.virlanie.org so we can create a safer, more secure tomorrow for our children.