Join us in educating children about child sexual abuse before they experience it themselves.
According to World Health Organization, one in 5 women and 1 in 13 men report having been sexually abused as a child.
We know this happens in Iran but the rates are unknown because people are not talking about it. It’s time to start the conversation through what we know to be the most effective path, education.
Our goal is to educate caregivers and the most vulnerable population, orphans, about sexual health in general and the signs of child sexual abuse.
Children’s workshops: On average we have 25 children at each workshop. The best way to teach kids is through hands on activities and interaction. Our workshops include storytelling, painting, and interactive games. During those activities kids learn about concepts such as their “private parts”, how to say “NO”, knowing when they are experiencing abuse, and when/how to let their guardians know if they have experienced abuse.
Adults’ workshops: On average we have 30 adults in each workshop. These workshops include lectures and interactive activities with the intention of teaching how to prevent child sexual abuse from happening in their families, how to see the signs and symptoms, and what to do if they discover these signs.
What we need?
Implementing these interventions requires educational materials including packages and pamphlets, tools for activities including arts and crafts, trained effective leaders, and community spaces.
Two years ago we created CtrlS with the intention of raising awareness about Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region through online platforms. As we got positive feedbacks about the effectiveness of our program, we decided to expand our work and realized that we also need to reach those that did not have access to the internet. This is where the idea and formation of our workshops in Iran began and why we feel it is important to continue working in country on all topics surrounding sexual health.
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