Regardless of their socio-economic situation, Santa Cruz de la Sierra has the highest incidence of child sexual abuse cases of the country.
The purpose of this program, is to educate and empower students, parents, teachers, teachers aide in order to prevent, detect and treat sexual abuse cases in children.
Our goal is to implement this project in at least 10 public and private schools per year, from preschool and primary cycle in the City of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia and rural areas.
Our strategic ally is Asociación Nuevos Pasos, an organization that started this project some years ago (10 years in Peru and 4 year in Bolivia ) together with professional volunteers, we will be able to efficiently cover a larger child population.
The credibility and institutional image that Rotary has will contribute to generate greater awareness in the government and will achieve a greater impact in the society.
EVALUATION OF NEEDS AND SUSTAINABILITY
The department of Santa Cruz is the department with the highest population density, with a high percentage of immigrants from the interior.
At governmental level, there is very low assistance directed at the problem of child sexual abuse.
As mentioned before, Bolivia ranks second in Latin America in child sexual abuse cases. The statistics show the following numbers:
- 16 children and adolescents are raped every day
- 23% boys and 34% girls suffer sexual assault before age 18
- 75% cases are reported at home or at school
- 0.5% legal cases have a sentence
- 90% legal cases are suspended
- 0.2% victims receive psychological support.
The sustainability of the project will be defined by:
- Training of Rotary Club Satélite Grigotá members, to be a part of the implementation in the Prevention and Detection stage.
- Training teachers, teachers aid.
- Agreement with UAGRM University with the support of professionals in the area of psychology, as well as in the area of Forensic Psychology.
- Develop a multidisciplinary team with the strategic alliance of Rotary with Asociación Nuevos Pasos.
- Joint work force agreement with the Schools that will benefit with the program.
- Private Schools will sponsors public school by provide supplies needed to implement the program. In both cases, teachers and parents will be active collaborators in the prevention and detection stage.
The Project for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse, is developed in three stages:
- Follow up
Our main focus is on prevention; which is developed in schools mainly in children of preschool and primary age, through educational and recreational activities, with the participation of professionals in the areas of psychology, pedagogy and psychopedagogy.
A fundamental part of the project is Training of teachers, teachers aid and school assistants ; They will be implementing the program on a regular bases, since they are the people who spend more time with the children. This training gives them the necessary tools to impart the guidelines on prevention and detection of possible abuse cases.
Training is also provided to parents through education and information workshops about prevention and detection of sexual abuse. We give them written material with all the relevant information presented, so they can also follow up with their children at home, who will be benefited with the program as well.
At this point, the support of psychologists with extensive knowledge in the interpretation of drawings is essential in order to be able to carry out a true "diagnosis".
Once the detection is made, personalized interviews and psychological tests used with the possible victim will give a better assessment of the possible victim. Likewise, home visits and interviews are conducted with parents or guardians , in order to complete the information needed for a diagnosis.
3- Follow up:
When an abuse is confirmed, Asociación Nuevos Pasos works together with social workers, psychologists and family lawyers, giving guidance to the family on the steps to follow.
The family receives phycological and legal support as the complaint is presented to the authorities,
EVALUATION AND MONITORING
The number of direct and indirect beneficiaries that have been reached with the Program, will be evaluated quantitatively and qualitatively at the end of school year.
Association Nuevos Pasos, will provide Rotary and the school intervened, a detailed report with the conclusions and the follow-ups carried out.