Sexual abuse campaign
Augustine Campus and Dr Sandra Reid, Senior Lecturer in the Dept. Nickenig, Research Projects Coordinator, Institute for Gender and Development Studies, The UWI, St. UNICEF launched the Blue Teddy campaign at the Sub-Regional Meeting for Follow-up to the UN Study on Violence Against Children in the Caribbean in Kingston, Jamaica, in May 2012, and at the Sub-Regional Conference on Child Sexual Abuse to Advance the UNi TE Campaign in November 2012, in Barbados.
of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medical Sciences, The UWI, St. The Break the Silence Initiative is a multi-pronged approach to protect children against sexual abuse.
The blue teddy symbol is to be used as a consciousness-raising symbol, not as a commercial or trademark tool.
As often as possible the tag line “Break the Silence: end child sexual abuse” should accompany the blue teddy symbol. The Institute for Gender and Development Studies is credited for the Break the Silence: end child sexual abuse initiative, for developing the Breaking the Silence action research project from which this symbol emerged and for the Institute's long term and broader work in the transformation of gender relations and human rights for women and girls in Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean, the wider region and internationally.
At the same time, the initiative is an advocacy platform directed at policy makers, health workers and police authorities to create the protection and treatment services needed to support and care for the victims available.
The blue teddy symbol emerged from a three-year action research project, on issues surrounding child sexual abuse, incest and the implications for HIV/AIDS.
The project titled “Breaking the Silence: A Multi-Sectoral Approach to Preventing and Addressing Child Sexual Abuse in Trinidad and Tobago; with a special emphasis on incest, began in 2008.
First launched in Trinidad and Tobago in 2010 by the Institute for Gender and Development Studies at the University of West Indies, the Break the Silence Initiative will be rolled-out by UNICEF and partners in several countries and territories across the region.
For more information on the Break the Silence Initiative, please visit the UNICEF website.