CAMELEON has been working in the Philippines for 24 years in order to facilitate the protection, healing and rehabilitation of young girls victim of sexual abuse (5-24 years old). 130 girls are currently protected and helped by CAMELEON : 76 of them are sheltered in our 3 centers based in Silay (Negros) and Passi City (Panay), while 54 girls continue to be guided after they left the center to go back to their families (if safe) or in welcome families accredited by social services.
About 7,000,000 children are sexually abused every year in the Philippines. More than 70% of sexually abused children are between 10 and 18 years old. Among those victims, 20% are under 6 years old. Cases of child sexual abuse are one of the most common issues that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has to handle after abandonment and neglect. Despite the Anti-Rape Law of 1997, rape remains the most frequent type of sexual abuse, followed by incest and fondling.
CAMELEON offers general support to the young girls victim of sexual abuse (basic care, food, education, professional training) and psychological counselling to help them rebuild themselves. The families receive training in parenting to facilitate the reintegration of girls. It also provides legal assistance for the duration of the trial to the girls who wish to sue their perpetrators. The association supports its beneficiaries until the resolution of the conflict and their complete autonomy.
Thanks to the project, 130 young girls victim of sexual abuse will rebuild themselves and will be resilient. They will build their future thanks to education and skills development. They will know their rights and invoke them in front of the court, which will help fight impunity. The families will change their behavior towards their daughters and promote Children's rights. The communities and local authorities will be mobilized together to prevent and deal with child abuse cases in these areas.
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