One out of every three deaf women is sexually harassed or raped in the Philippines. Majority of the victims are children. This is according to a report from the former Philippine Deaf Resource Center.
However, many of these abused deaf women and children are hesitant or have difficulty pursuing their cases because of communication barriers. The lack of support, awareness, and sensitivity remain as the main hindrances for the victims.
To bridge the gap, support groups like Support and Empower Abused Deaf Children, Inc. (SEADC) are in place to help this marginalized group.
WHO THEY ARE
Founded in November 2005, SEADC is a non-governmental organization (NGO) which comprises of a group of volunteers working towards bringing awareness of human rights and personal safety to deaf children in the community.
Part of their mission is to assist in the rehabilitation of abused deaf children and to provide support so as to empower them so that these children can grow up to live normal lives.
WHAT THEY DO
SEADC conducts talks in different schools to raise awareness on the plight of the Deaf and to strengthen child protection system for deaf children in their respective communities.
Likewise, SEADC in partnership with the Stairway Foundation is piloting a Child Sexual Abuse Prevention program between NGOs working with the Deaf.
CONNECT WITH SEADC
Facebook Page: Support and Empower Abused Deaf Children, Inc.