CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AWARENESS WEEK 2004 (CSAAW)
“TEENS TAKE CHARGE”

Saturday, May 29th to Friday, June 4th 

The Young Achievers’ Club is a member of the Malaysian Coalition for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse (MCPCSA), which comprises of 23 organisations and companies who have declared their commitment and support to end child sexual abuse. 

In the year 2002, the members of the club got together to organize a Gala Charity Dinner, which raised RM500, 000 for the Coalition’s awareness and training programs. Subsequently in 2003, the members helped to organize the 4th Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Week, which was launched in Sekolah Sri Cempaka. 

Once again, the Young Achievers’ Club, together with Pusat Majudiri Y (YMCA), will be assisting the Coalition by organizing the Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Week for 2004 (CSAAW 2004) with the theme:

“TEENS TAKE CHARGE” 

OBJECTIVE OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AWARENESS WEEK

To create awareness on Child Sexual Abuse by empowering the community to get involved though training programs and awareness talks. 

PAST CSAAW THEMES


1.                CSAAW 2000 – “Breaking The Silence”
2.                CSAAW 2001 – “Everyone: You Have A Role To Play”
3.                CSAAW 2002 – “Parents! You’ve Got A Role To Play”
4.                CSAAW 2003 – “Take Charge: Teens Taking A Stand Against Child Sexual Abuse”
 

THE FOCUS OF CSAAW 2004 “TEENS TAKE CHARGE”

With many media attention on cases of rape and sexual abuse on children, as well as the on-going national debate on the death penalty for perpetrators of such crimes that results in the death of victims, there have been few opportunities given by the media and authorities for children to voice their views, opinions and suggestions. Most media attention is on what the adults think and feel about this issue. 

This year’s CSAAW 2004 aims to enable teenagers the opportunity to “Take Charge” in creating opportunities for themselves to voice their opinions on this issue. 

Inline with the 2003 World Children’s Day theme "Hear us: Appreciate and Protect Our Rights", it is an opportune time to reinforce this World Children’s Day theme by having the CSAAW 2004 theme as a follow through initiative. 

The work of MCPCSA is not just about the prevention of child sexual abuse but more fundamentally, it is about protecting the rights of the child. The right for special protection, the right for a joyful and healthy life, and the right to be active participants in all matters affecting their lives are some of the critical components embodied in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. And the issue of child sexual abuse is very much about the abuse of a child’s rights – not respecting the child as a fellow human being. 

A national poll for teens will be launched at the start of the CSAAW 2004, where teens have the opportunity to record their views and their understanding of the issues of child sexual abuse. The questionnaires, formulated by MCPCSA with the assistance of members from the Young Achievers’ Club, will be advertised in the media. Along with this poll, MCPCSA will be inserting relevant information for teens on the prevention of child sexual abuse.  

The objectives are:

1)   Create a channel of communication for children to participate and to record their views on the issues of child sexual abuse and their ideas on its prevention and to make available these results to community leaders in their decision-making regarding issues affecting children.

2)  To advocate the media for more time and space focusing on children and teen issues.
 

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP

The members of the Young Achievers’ Club invites all teens nation-wide to get involved by taking part in the CSAAW 2004 POLL which will be launched on Saturday May 29th. Please visit this site often for future updates. 

To find out more about the MCPCSA, please click on this link.