Help­ing chil­dren to stay safe from abuse

Waihi Leader - - News -

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.

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