Promising programmes by the Sweet Water Foundation Research and Treatment Institute to prevent and respond to child sexual abuse and exploitation will employ new methodologies to encourage adult survivors of childhood abuse.
In about 500 words, the survivors will recount and document their experiences which will be submitted and form the first part of the research. This methodology was developed for cultures steeped in oral or storytelling traditions and forms part of the three-year Under 5 Project. It seeks to overcome challenges for building an effective response by keeping the focus on the different types of behaviour involved in child sexual abuse and exploitation and the different impacts on children across different cultural and political backgrounds.
Hazel Da Breo, a Psychotherapist and Child Protection Specialist, who specialises in treatments for both victims and perpetrators of Child Sexual Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence, will lead the implementation process of the project. She hopes that this will contribute to the production and expansion of knowledge about sexual violence against children, especially in the under 5-year-old demographic.