Advocacy services are three-fold:
1) regular advocacy involves the compilation of all work into modes of effective communication to raise the awareness level of all relevant issues to child sexual abuse. These modes include flyers, pamphlets, posters, and utilizing print and air media;
2) forensic advocacy to help create new laws or amending existing laws;
3) policy advocacy to work with networks for implementation of laws.
The biggest advocacy annual event is the second week of each February
NATIONAL AWARENESS WEEK FOR THE PREVENTION OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AND EXPLOITATION
16th National Awareness Week for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation – 2012
“Child Pornography ay pang-abuso, SUGPUIN, Batas na nauukol, PAIRALIN !”
On the 2nd week of February 2012 (from February 5 -11), the Council for the Welfare of Children through its Sub-Committee on Sexual Abuse and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (SC-SACSEC) observes the National Awareness Week for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation in line with Proclamation
No. 731 series of 1996. This weeklong event aims to:
a. Promote awareness on the problem of child sexual abuse and exploitation;
b. Participate in the nationwide campaign to prevent child sexual abuse and exploitation;
c. Instill in the general public respect for laws and ordinances related to the welfare of children and surveillance and report of suspected cases to DSWD or law enforcement agencies;
d. Integrate in school curriculum topics on child abuse and exploitation; and
e. Provide orientation to all sectors on RA 7610 and other laws and on the problem of child abuse and exploitation.
Sexual abuse – rape, incest and acts of lasciviousness continue to plague our children. The same goes true for children victims of commercial sexual exploitation – child trafficking, child prostitution and child pornography.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development has served the following in 2010:
• 1,247 sexually abused children, 1,168 or 93 % of which were female
• 127 sexually exploited, 120 or 94 % of which were female
• 390 victims of child trafficking, 368 or 94% of which were female
• Children victims of pornography are lumped within those sexually exploited. In 2010, there were eight 8 victims, seven of which were female.
• The Department of Justice reports a total of 15,830 cases involving sex and commercial exploitation of children as of December 2010 based on a nationwide case inventory in 2006 to 2007.
• As OF December 2009, a total of 20 establishments were permanently closed by the Department of Labor and Employment from 2005 – 2009 for employing minors in prostitution or in obscene or lewd shows pursuant to Republic Act 9231. A total of 58 victims of child labor have been reported.
• Through its Sagip Batanga M