Healing the Wounds of the Abandoned and Abused
The heartbreaking reality of sexual abuse on children is not new in the realm of societal issues.
Over the years, the number of reported cases in the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has already grown exponentially and sad to say, the number keeps on increasing. As a response, the government has been continually implementing the annual National Child Sexual Awareness Week (NCSAAW) where participating public and private institutions hold activities and events that help in alleviating the plight of sexually abused children.
Tugon, an organization in the Ateneo de Manila University, has been dedicated to the cause for 27 years now. Composed of students who are wholeheartedly committed to making a difference in the lives of abused and abandoned children, the organization is an avid supporter of NCSAAW. For the past three years, Tugon has partnered with ECPAT (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography, and Trafficking for Sexual Purposes) Institution in organizing a week-long event that brings together members of the Ateneo community, potential victims, and survivors of abuse. About 300 children are welcomed at the Ateneo campus and treated to an afternoon of programs and activities that seek to relieve them of the grueling reality of abuse.
This year, Tugon strengthens its stand on its motto of "making kids happy" by not only engaging in the usual play therapy, but also making a difference through a two-week long campus awareness campaign from Jan. 28 to Feb. 9.
Dubbed "Boundless," the campaign aims to empower and touch the hearts of students to take a stand and do something to free the abused from the emotional bounds that abusers shackle them with. …