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SaferKidsPH advocates for strengthened systematic efforts to end online sexual abuse and exploitation of children

MANILA, 4 MAY 2024 — The SaferKidsPH consortium said today it stands ready to seize the momentum and boost joint efforts in the Philippines to end online sexual abuse and exploitation of children, including the production of child sexual abuse and exploitation materials. This statement comes after President Marcos Jr. vehemently condemned recently in the “strongest terms” this egregious child rights violation.

SaferKidsPH, an Australian Government initiative, is delivered through the pioneering consortium of Save the Children Philippines, The Asia Foundation, and UNICEF to end the online sexual abuse and exploitation of children in the Philippines.

The consortium urges a more holistic approach that focuses on strengthening the child protection system to address the drivers of this problem, as well as establishing and strengthening coordinated multi-disciplinary services to help victims.

The consortium will support the  National Coordinating Center in operationalizing Republic Act No. 11930. This year’s key action is to develop a strategic plan that sets out concrete steps that promote a more holistic approach.

Australian Ambassador H.E. HK Yu PSM, FCPA (Aust) said: “Online sexual abuse and exploitation of children has no place in our society. The Australian Government, through SaferKidsPH and its consortium members, will share findings and recommendations that will assist the anti-online sexual abuse or exploitation of children initiatives of relevant Philippine Government agencies. As a Strategic Partner, Australia remains committed to help the Philippine Government create a safe online and offline environment for children to prosper.”

Findings from UNICEF also supported the Disrupting Harm Study, which revealed that 20 percent of children in the Philippines aged 12 to 17 who use the internet have experienced online sexual abuse.

Consortium lead and UNICEF Representative to the Philippines, Oyunsaikhan Dendevnorov, said: “Children have the right to be protected from abuse and live in communities where they feel safe. To be effective, we need to foster a whole-of-government approach and strengthen the child protection system in responding to online sexual abuse and exploitation of children.”

“With this united front, we stand a stronger chance of ending online sexual abuse and exploitation of children,” she said.