Program for health promotion for a target group or condition
Increasing rate of sexual abuse to children of ages 5- 17 years in California, United States.
In the United States, sexual abuse to the minors has become a great problem. The National Institute of Justice reports indicate that in 1997, two million children under the age of 17 were sexually assaulted (Edward, 2006). The reports indicate that girls are more targeted by the assaults than boys are. One out of five males and one out of three females are reported to have been sexually abused before the age of 18 years (Russels & Bolen 2000). Sexual abuse has been proved to occur to children who are mostly left to care takers or even abused by immediate family member, neighbor or a friend. Although Californian laws states that all cases of sexual assault be reported, there is a lot to be done since many cases go unreported. This is particularly due to fear of victimization. In addition, the affected child fears to open up and reveal the ordeal probably due to warnings from the abuser (Heitritter & Vought, 2006).
This project aims at addressing the issue of child sexual abuse, educate parents on the ways to protect their children from sexual abuse and enhance behavioral change to the society. Activities will include people of all lifestyles since sexual abuse may affect everyone regardless of the gender, economic and social background and religion. In addition, in present will be caregivers, therapists, doctors and village elders.
Since I have worked with Great California Children’s Home, I will access counseling services, therapy and treatment. I can also collaborate with the nearby health centers to train the caregivers and the parents on which steps to take on learning that a child has been sexually abused. I can hold meetings with the village elders on how to curb the vice.
Edward, R. (2006). Understanding child sexual abuse. NY: University Press of Mississippi.
Heitritter, L., & Vought, J. (2006). Helping Victims of Sexual Abuse: A Sensitive Biblical Guide for Counselors, Victims, and Families. New Jersey NJ: Bethany House.
Russels, D., & Bolen, R (2000).The epidemic of rape and child sexual abuse in the United States. London UK: Sage Publications