THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VI is reminding parents to ensure the safety of their children particularly from sexual abuse.
“Sexual abuse among children could curtail their growth and traumatize them. Thus, we call on parents to be extra vigilant,” said Rebecca Geamala, regional director.
Geamala issued this statement as the whole country observed the National Awareness Week for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation.”
According to her, the department continues to encounter cases of incest, particularly in the agency managed center, Home for Girls.
Rosalina Lorque, center head of Home for Girls, said that in 2015, they have recorded 10 cases of incest. Cases of incest mean the children were victimized by perpetrators who are members of their respective family.
For the whole year, they were able to help 26 new clients. The nature of cases includes rape, three; dependents of clients, six; protective custody, four; and trafficking, three.
The following tips were given to help parents to prevent sexual abuse at home:
- Teach children that private parts must not be touched by other people even their relatives
- Teach children to say no and shout for help should they feel uncomfortable because of being sexually harassed
- Give separate rooms for girls and boys children
- Mothers should be present in the household, particularly washing up of children at least every night to check for physical signs such as bruises
- Ensure open communication between parents and children
- Even boys should be watched. There are boy children who are victimized by sexual abuse and these are less reported.
/press release from DSWD RO 6