Family for Every Child member organisations from Cambodia, India, Nepal and the Philippines embarked on primary research with children and young people, caregivers and professionals situated about sexual violence and harmful social norms.
This report synthesises the key findings along with similarities and differences from the four country research reports, reflecting on their global-level relevance. This does not intend to replace reading of the full reports. Instead, the intent is to highlight points of similarity and difference from the reports. Each country report has some unique dimensions that can deepen understanding in each of the respective countries yet can only be fully appreciated when read in full.
Each of the four country studies sought to answer the following questions:
- Gender/masculinity: (a) What does it mean to be a male child and what are their lived experiences in the context of sexuality and masculinities? (b) How are masculinity and sexuality socially constructed? (c) How do boys and those around them perceive masculinity and sexuality and how does this impact them?
- Sexual violence: What are the links between the dominant notions of sexuality and masculinity and: (a) the sexual abuse of boys? (b) the ‘harmful sexual behaviour’ of boys?
- Interventions: What interventions exist, what challenges were encountered and how were they resolved?
For those interested in understanding the issues involved in greater depth, reviewing the full reports is recommended. Links to the full reports can be found below:
Cambodia (First Step Cambodia): First Step Cambodia works with male victims of sexual abuse, along with their families, carers, supporters and communities. Click here for the full country research report.
India (Butterflies): Butterflies works with street-connected and vulnerable groups of children in Delhi, India to support their self-reliance through rights-based approaches. Click here for the full country research report.
Nepal (Voice of Children): Voice of Children works with street-connected children and their families and wider communities to protect them from sexual abuse. Click here for the full country research report.
Philippines (Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Sexual Abuse – CPTCSA): CPTCSA provides therapeutic support to young perpetrators and survivors of child sexual abuse in the Philippines. Click here for full country research report.
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