There is nothing worse for a child than to experience violence, exploitation or neglect. In 2017, World Vision in the Philippines launched its global campaign to end sexual exploitation of children. World Vision is committed to stand and speak out to protect children from harm, grieving with the abused, and seeking restoration.
Actor Liam Cunningham urges all to help end violence against children.
One of the grim realities we face today is the sexual abuse of children. In the Philippines, 1 out of 10 children encounter sexual violence at home. Our country ranks 10th worldwide when it comes to sexual exploitation of children aged 10 to 14. And with the ready accessibility of the internet and rapid technological advancement, children are becoming more vulnerable to online abuse now more than ever.
According to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), children from marginalized groups are the most vulnerable to sexual abuse.
“Children of the poor, children living in disaster-prone areas or in evacuation centers, and even children of migrant workers, among others, are vulnerable to sexual exploitation.”
To strengthen its efforts in child protection, World Vision launched an advocacy campaign entitled “It Takes a World to End Sexual Exploitation of Children.” The 3-year campaign aims to reach three million children and to protect them from sexual exploitation and other forms of online and offline abuse.