ONE out of 10 Filipino children encounter sexual violence at home, according to international humanitarian relief organisation World Vision Philippines.
GMA News Online reported the organisation as saying the Philippines also ranked at 10th place worldwide in terms of sexual exploitation of children between the ages of 10 and 14.
The figure was revealed by World Vision Philippines in light of its campaign to end sexual abuse of children in conjunction with its 60th anniversary celebration.
Advocacy manager Kathrine Yee said the three-year advocacy campaign, called “It Takes a World to End Sexual Exploitation on Children”, is aimed at protecting three million children from online sexual exploitation and other forms of violence by 2020.
“We will protect more than three million children. The three million is very possible,” Yee was quoted as saying during the campaign launch on Thursday.
“This campaign will do three major things. First, we will empower children. Second, we will journey together with our law enforcement. Third, through you, which is why we are launching this.”
“It takes everybody to finally end sexual exploitation here in the Philippines,” she said.
The organisation is planning to implement the programme in 23 areas throughout the country by raising awareness, empowering caregivers and children, and establishing an online hotline for abuse cases.
Rescue operations and legal interventions, and supporting safe shelters and reintegration programmes will also be implemented for the campaign, the organisation said.
The organisation has teamed up with International Justice Mission (IJM), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Inter-agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), and other advocacy groups to ensure the campaign’s success.
GMA News quoted DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo as saying World Vision will receive cooperation in protecting children against sexual abuse.
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“The most vulnerable are the children of the poor. This is a very welcome initiative. Rest assured our department is working hand in hand with World Vision in protecting children,” she said.
World Vision Philippines also urged Filipinos to take part in the campaign and help raise awareness on sexual violence, especially among children online.