Helping children to stay safe from abuse
Hauraki‘s Right2BSafe programme is a campaign to raise awareness about child sexual abuse and offers practical strategies for prevention.
Project leader Kathy Archibald says that sexual abuse of children is considered highly prevalent in New Zealand and can have a serious and longterm impact on the physical and mental health of survivors.
A World Health Organisation multicountry study found rates of child sexual abuse in New Zealand, for adult woman to be 28 per cent (in rural settings) and 23 per cent (in urban settings), or, around one in four girls.
Recent International research indicates that one in six boys will experience some form of sexual abuse before the age of 16.
In the New Zealand National Survey of Crime Victims 2001 almost all of the survivors said the offender was male and the majority stated that they already knew their offender(s).
This is in keeping with statistics from the National Collective of Rape Crisis for the years 1992- 1996 which found that 92 per cent of survivors knew the offender.
The Right2BSafe Programme is about breaking the silence and there is a lot that we can do to stop the abuse from happening in the first place.