On September 25th, 2013, the Xi’an Philanthropic Child Abuse Prevention and Aid Center launched the “Asian Girls” care campaign in Xi’an WeiYang District XuZhai Primary School. The Shaanxi Provincial Democratic League, the Xi’an Democratic League and the Shaanxi SongMao Group participated in the activity.
On the day of the event, the center’s director, Professor Fuyong Jiao, taught the girls about sexual abuse prevention, including the Sexual Abuse Prevention Trilogy of “Run away, Refuse, Report.” Self-protection handbooks, “Protect Children from Harm” badges, and “Asian Girls Love Action Pink Ribbons” were given to the girls. In total, 530 pupils joined this activity.
Organization: Vietnam’s Center for Studies and Applied Sciences in Gender – Family – Women and Adolescents (CSAGA)
Awards/Achievements: 1) Survivor of domestic violence; 2) Advocate/volunteering to help disadvantaged people; 3) Model student at school with good grades
When I was 13 years old, my mother was beaten to death by my father and his family members. The court had to review the case many times, but finally, with the support of voluntary lawyers and CSAGA reporters, all the people who caused the death of my mother were put into prison for seven to more than ten years. The CSAGA supported me and my brother financially until we were 18, and I now aspire to be a lawyer who protects the rights of vulnerable and marginalized people. To help me achieve that goal, I’m taking the University Entrance Exam for the Trade University’s Law Department. (Update: Hoai has passed her University exams with flying colors and will begin her studies in law when the semester begins.) I’m also volunteering as a social worker to serve disadvantaged people.
Violence against girls, including sexual abuse, is one of the most serious issues in my country. In 2011, the Vietnamese police discovered an adolescent prostitute network in Ha Giang Province and found that the leader of the network was a high school headmaster. This teacher forced many girls from grades 10 to 12 to have sex with him and then forced them to become prostitutes. In addition, domestic violence against women/girls is very common in Vietnam. According to national research on domestic violence in 2010, up to 58% of Vietnamese women have suffered from physical, psychological or economic violence.
I have given talks in school to share my story and encourage others to say no to violence. Why do I want to join the Ambassador program? Because I want to tell my story of violence to many people in Asia and encourage them to break the cycle of violence.
Protect and Save the Children Association of Selangor and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (P.S. The Children) was founded in April 1999 to give a voice to sexually abused children. What began as a project had evolved by 2002 into a full-fledged, registered non-profit association with tax-exemption status and is governed by an elected executive committee.
P.S. The Children envisions a society that upholds the rights and dignity of all children through protection from sexual abuse and sexual exploitation. We create safer communities by establishing effective prevention education as well as by providing treatment and support services for child survivors and their families.
Working with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child as a basis, our central focus is the implementation of programs and services that promote and protect the Right of children to be free from sexual abuse and exploitation (CRC Articles 19, 34, 35).
P.S. The Children is the only social organization in Malaysia that focuses solely on the prevention, intervention and treatment of Child Sexual Abuse. And this has been made possible through project-based corporate funding, donations, fundraising and strategic partnership building.