Bringing Back Self-Worth: Organizations That Help Sexual Abuse Victims
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, March 26, 2019 3:45pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
In 2016, the Center for Women's Resources reported there were about 7,037 rape cases in the Philippines. What's worse is this statistics only show the number of rape cases. It excludes other forms of sexual harassment like groping, catcalling, other acts of lasciviousness, and human trafficking.
Sexual harassment brings trauma and lack of self-worth. Victims show no visible scars but their emotional and psychological aspects are affected. To help them heal, these organizations set their advocacies to focus on victims of sexual harassment.
The Foundation Foundation
The Foundation Foundation uses makeup as a tool to empower victims of human trafficking, abuse, rape, and poverty. This Christian organization believes personal care and cosmetic products could emphasize the importance of self-love. The founders are dedicated to making care kits and giving them to women victims. They accept makeups and feminine hygiene products as donations and you can also send in cash donations. To know their next event or drop-off points, visit The Foundation Foundation Facebook page.
Children living in poverty are more susceptible to trafficking. Krie Lopez believes education is the key to prevent kids from this unfortunate circumstance. To help children provide for their education, she established Messy Bessy, an institution that sells environment-friendly body and home care products. Sixty percent of Messy Bessy’s workforce are at-risk youth, a person unlikely to successfully transition into adulthood. The employees’ salaries are enough to pay for their tuition fees and help them be sustainable members of society. Half of Messy Bessy’s operating expenses go to the rehabilitation programs for the at-risk youth.
Wipe Every Tear
Wipe Every Tear is dedicated to saving girls, children, and transgender women from the ugly human trafficking trade. They have four large safe houses in Manila and have been helping victims since 2008. The organization wants to have women a faith-filled journey towards healing through education, training, counseling, and discipleship. They aim to bring hope, freedom, and a real future to the poor and broken.
Catcalled in the Philippines
Just recently, the issue about PUA Academy, an institution which aims to empower men (but they teach how to pick up women and harass them), surfaced in social media. Catcalled in the Philippines is one of the organizations who are not afraid to condemn these kinds of actions. They use social media to educate people and empower those who have been victims of catcalling or sexual assault through their posts.
End Rape Culture PH
This online community provides an online space for those who experienced rape or any forms of sexual assault. End Rape Culture PH aims to educate its readers about the country’s rape culture and support the victims of lascivious acts. They share contents like videos and articles relevant to what they are advocating for: to end rape culture in the Philippines.
Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Sexual Abuse (CPTCSA)
The organization was founded in 1994 as a response to the growing number of sexually abused children. CPTCSA provides education about sexual abuse through the public school system and provides counseling programs to victims of harassments. They also expand their treatment to young sex offenders as they believe the best measure to prevent sexual harassment is to educate children from becoming an offender.
Safe Refuge International
There are about 500,000 cases of prostitution in the country according to the 2013 statistics, and Safe Refuge International is determined to change in statistics. This organization calls themselves as a ministry, which rescues women and children from domestic abuse and prostitution. It is a shelter in Metro Manila, which takes in pregnant women, helping the mothers find starting over anew. They give medical, pregnancy needs and even birthing care.
These organizations are aiming to help the victims, but they have larger advocacy in mind: to stop all forms of sexual violence. It’s a long and hard battle, almost impossible, but they will not give up without a fight. Until then, they will continue to help and empower people who became victims of harassment and abuse.