A lack of community understanding about how to protect their children from sexual abuse leaves them vulnerable. APLE’s Community Engagement Program focuses on disseminating knowledge throughout the general population through the identification of key members of communities and the provision of education on how to prevent sexual abuse and exploitation of children. Additionally, by building a committed informant network and running phone and Internet hotlines where the public can report abuse anonymously and confidentially, this program boosts informal social protection mechanisms to prevent and eradicate sexual abuse and exploitation of children.
APLE’s community engagement activity engages all levels of society, from seeking support from businesses and private companies for the operation and promotion of the Internet and phone hotlines, to multi-sector meetings and trainings with youth, NGOs, and peer educators and community leaders to directly increase knowledge about CSAE in the general population.
1,066 participants attended 7 awareness raising events, 4 training activities, 2 workshops, 7 informant discussions, and 4 online safety sessions
APLE Cambodia was also invited to be a guest speaker at 10 government-led events with 377 participants