Every 98 seconds, another person experiences sexual assault.
One in 9 girls and 1 in 53 boys under the age of 18 experience sexual abuse or assault at the hands of an adult.
82% of all victims under 18 are female.
Females ages 16-19 are 4 times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault.
The effects of child sexual abuse can be long-lasting and affect the victim's mental health. Victims are more likely than non-victims to experience the following mental health challenges:
About 4 times more likely to develop symptoms of drug abuse
About 4 times more likely to experience PTSD as adults
About 3 times more likely to experience a major depressive episode as adults
Through the PROTECT THE CHILDREN Project, we seek to raise awareness around the current global sexual abuse problems and provide opportunities for prevention. Our message highlights current survivors of Child Sexual Abuse and the long-term disparity they face, provide educational skills for preventing the abuse, engage young boys in hope of breaking the cycle of them becoming perpetrators as adults, emphasize the connection of athletics and education and the role it plays in social development and prevention.
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Q & A Child Sexual Abuse
ABOUT THE GALA
FEMALE DEVELOPMENT WORLD ORGANIZATION
Formerly Jamaica International Female Football Development Inc. (JIFFD)
PROTECT THE CHILDREN PROJECT
How widespread is child sexual abuse?
It is estimated that one in six children experience sexual abuse before the age of 16.
How Can I Protect My Child From Sexual Assault?
Talk about the media. Ask your child questions about this coverage to start a conversation. Questions like, “Have you ever heard of this happening before?” or “What would you do if you were in this situation?” can signal to your child that these are important issues that they can talk about with you.
Know the warning signs. Become familiar with the warning signs of child sexual abuse, and notice any changes with your child, no matter how small. Whether it’s happening to your child or a child you know, you have the potential to make a big difference in that person’s life by stepping in.*RAINN.ORG
ABOUT THE SYMPOSIUM
Female Development World Organization (FDWO) and Dr. Sue Charitable Foundation Inc. will host a free Protect The Children Symposium during Caribbean American Heritage Month. Participants will learn the facts about child sexual abuse and current trends, hear from victims, and will participate in activities that will be formulated into a strategic plan for prevention and subsequent eradication of this worldwide epidemic.
The community is invited to participate in the 2nd Annual Protect The Children Symposium, Saturday June 3rd from 10:00am to 1:00pm at the Church of God New Life Worship Center, 7680 Pembroke Road Miramar, FL 33023. Event is endorsed by Mayor Wayne Messam, City of Miramar.
For more information: visit fdwo.org or call 754-715-3206
April is National Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Month and Female Development World Organization in Association with Kiwanis Club of Lauderhill invites youth and children advocates to the second annual Protect the Children Gala. Local and international leaders will gather on Saturday, April 29th at 7:00PM at the Hyatt Regency, Fort Lauderdale for an elegant evening designed to inspire activities and funds to support organizations in South Florida and the Caribbean working with the survivors of child sexual abuse.
Minster of Parliament and wife of Jamaica’s Prime Minister The Most Honorable Juliet Holness, has confirmed to be our keynote speaker at this function.
This formal black-tie affair includes a cocktail reception and silent auction where guests will have opportunities to network with international leaders in business, arts, politics, community and culture. Throughout the evening guests will have a chance to learn more about the epidemic and ways in which they can become involved to protect the children.
Tickets are currently available and can be purchased at Eventbrite/ProtectTheChildrenGala: