In Brazil, sexual violence is the second most common form of violence against children between 0 and 9 years old. There are approximately 14,000 cases of domestic, sexual and physical abuse per year in children between 0 and 10 years old. In 65% of cases, the violence takes place in the home. (source: Vigilance System of Violence and Injuries Ministry of Health - Brazil)
BICE fights against sexual abuse
Since 1997, BICE has had projects in Brazil. As part of the “Fight against sexual abuse” programme, we work with the Brazilian association Terre des Hommes in Rio de Janeiro.
The aims of the programme are:
- To reduce violence and the risk of abuse,
- To promote resilience and recovery of child victims of sexual abuse,
- To teach children to identify and deal with dangerous situations that can lead sexual violence
Activities against sexual abuse
Integration of the “Grain of sand” method in schools is the key activity of our “Fight against sexual abuse” programme in Brazil. It includes a series of sketches of violent situations (physical violence, humiliation, sexual abuse …). Through discussion, children are encouraged to identify risks and and devise strategies, according to a proven protocol.
The “Grain of sand” method also involves the use of adult mediators. These are adults within the school with whom children are comfortable disclosing any problems regarding sexual abuse. These adults are trained to listen to the children and to direct them to appropriate services.
Key figures of the programme
In total, over 1,600 children in Brazil are directly involved in activities for the prevention of sexual abuse.