Georgia is a country in the Caucasus bordering Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkey. A former Soviet republic, the country is still affected by socio-political unrest that weakened its economy and development. Despite requests for more funding and appropriate structures, the state invests little in public policies to prevent violence against children. In consequence, scant attention is paid to sexual abuse cases in Georgia.
BICE fights sexual abuse in Georgia
In 2014, BICE began a new partnership with the Georgian association Public Health Foundation, to fight against sexual abuse.
The 2014-2017 programme has several objectives:
- To promote resilience and recovery of child victims of sexual abuse,
- To provide good psychosocial support, helping with the resilience and recovery of child victims.
Activities against sexual abuse
Our “Fight against sexual abuse” programme in Georgia has different activities:
- Implementation of different systems of support (psychological and therapeutic) for child victims of sexual abuse
- Listening to the child victim in a way that takes their age and trauma into account
- Training of professionals who will in turn train other professionals from different sectors (homes, orphanages, community centres, juvenile police units, police stations, etc)
Key figures of the programme
In total, more than 1,600 people – children and adults – benefit directly from activities against sexual abuse in Georgia:
- 1,000 children at risk or victims of sexual abuse receive better psychological and legal support
- 600 child protection specialists are trained in support methods to help child victims