Media Release – CAPS Hauraki 15th May 2013
Locals Front Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Campaign
Local champions from all walks of life are fronting a campaign in the Coromandel and Hauraki regions to prevent child sexual abuse.
A total of 17 locals have put their names and faces to the campaign. They include a mayor, parents, Police, health workers, community leaders, teachers, farmers and principals.
The three month campaign will raise awareness about child sexual abuse and offer concrete strategies for prevention.
Billboards will be put up in Paeroa, Thames, Coromandel, Waihi, and Whitianga and posters of the 17 champions will be displayed around towns in the Hauraki and Coromandel regions. Weekly columns will also be in the Hauraki Herald and Coromandel FM will be playing champions’ messages.
“Just as road safety programs help keep children safer around roads. Child sexual abuse prevention can help keep children safer from sexual abuse. This campaign is about helping adults understand the easy steps they can take to help prevent sexual abuse” spokesperson Rachel Harrison said.
At the core of the campaign is a range of information to prevent sexual abuse in the ‘Get Info’ section of the www.capshauraki.co.nz. Strategies cover a range of situations including: Babysitting, new/partners – blended families, staying away from home, setting up a family safety plan and family touching rules.
Around one in three girls and one in six boys is sexually abused before they turn 16. “If we are really going to stop violence happening all of us need to get involved and do something to prevent it from happening in the first place” says Harrison.
“We invited local people to be part of this campaign and are absolutely delighted that 17 everyday people agreed to stand up and speak out,” she said.
“Having local people front the campaign sends a message that every person in a community can be part of reducing and preventing child sexual abuse.”
The Campaign has been developed by CAPS Hauraki with funding from the Ministry of Justice Primary Prevention of Sexual abuse Fund.
For more information please contact:
Rachel Harrison – CAPS Hauraki Right2Bsafe Campaign Project Leader 027 333 7547