Monthly Highlights: January 2024

Monthly Highlights: January 2024
MONTHLY HIGHLIGHTS
2024 Jan

Programmes Conducted

Sessions Conducted

Training Programme Day 1

16/01/2024 Police Officers Randeni Hall, Kurunegala

Training Programme Day 2

17/01/2024 Police Officers Randeni Hall, Randeni Hall

Children Camp

18/01/2024 Members of divisional children's council Bishop Lakshman Wickremesinghe Centre, Kurunegala

Published Materials

Newspaper

Children are the first victims of every conflict

Child abuse incidents reported in the media in November 2023

Newsletter

December 2023 Newsletter

Social Media Posts

The numbers that have shaken the island

The numbers that have shaken the island—168 and 22, 131 and 10—are not an increase compared to the previous year, according to the NCPA analysis, as stated by Udayakumara Amarasinghe, the Chairman of the NCPA, in a recent Ada Derana Broadcast.

The people of Sri Lanka simply weren't aware of the situation regarding child abuse cases. Do the people even understand the gravity of the situation now?

How many more cases go unreported? How many more victims suffer in silence due to society's shunning? #EndChildAbuse #ECPAT #NCPA

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The district distribution from our monthly newsletter on child abuse cases reported in the media. December 2023 Edition.

If you would like to stay in touch with the state of children in Sri Lanka consider subscribing to our monthly newsletter by getting in touch with us!

This information is the result of the aggregation and verification of reported cases of violence against children in the media for November 2023. We at PEaCE/ECPAT Sri Lanka believe that sharing this information with a wider audience will help us connect, perform better, and become stronger in the field of Child Protection. #ENDViolence #StopChildAbuse #Srilanka. #ECPAT.

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"The true character of a society is revealed in how it treats its children. Upholding their rights ensures that the seeds of freedom, equality, and justice are sown in the fertile ground of their innocence." - Kailash Satyarthi

Great news from the government of Sri Lanka! The cabinet has approved amendments to the penal code, making rape of male children a criminal offence. This long-awaited change will provide justice and support for victims. #HumanRightsDay #ChildrensRights

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The majority of the children who had fallen victim to these crimes of sexual abuse were from broken homes. Mother is abroad and father is a daily wage earner who returns late in the evening. The children are left with grandparents or distant relatives. The lack of affection and parental guidance from home encourages the child to seek affection elsewhere. Without adequate sexual education, understanding of their own emotions and body, tragedies of the worst kind occur. #ENDVIOLENCE #STOPCHILDABUSE #SriLanka. #SriLankaPolice. #ECPAT.

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In a world where the natural curiosity of our children often leads them to explore their evolving bodies and emotions, the absence of open, honest, and age-appropriate discussions at home and in schools leaves a void. This void is increasingly being filled by the internet, where the first 'lessons' they encounter are often through explicit content, not designed for educational purposes. This exposure can lead to misconceptions and risky behaviours, as children may try to replicate what they see online without understanding the context or consequences. It's imperative that we, as a society, provide our children with the correct resources and support to help them navigate their developmental journey in a healthy, informed, and safe manner. Remember, the absence of proper sex education doesn't prevent children from learning; it just prevents them from learning the right things. Let's work together to guide our future generations towards a safer, more understanding #EndViolence #StopChildAbuse #SriLanka. #SexEducationMatters. #ECPAT.

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