Category Archives: Social responsibility

Teach kids to protect themselves: Say No!, Run, Tell

Be alert to sexual abuse. If you’re a mom you’ll do anything to protect your kids from harm. Here are some things that kids need to know about tricks offenders do before the abuse begins. And if in case your child spotted a potential abuser teach them to say No! Instruct them to Run as quickly as possible away from the would-be abuser. And be able to Tell parents, guardians or someone who could be trusted about their experience until someone helps them.

  1. Offender says you are special, different or the only one who really understands him.
  2. Treats you differently  from other kids. Gives you special privileges. Treats you like an adult while he acts like a kid.
  3. Wants to take you pictures.
  4. Says he is teaching you sex education by showing you pornographic pictures or movies. He shows his body or touches yours.
  5. Puts lotion or ointment on you when your mother or others are not around (even when you don’t need the ointment).
  6. Offender hangs around school, yard or park where children play. Tells you “not to tell”. Asks you to keep a “secret”.
  7. Does not let you have friends or does not let you do things that other kids your age do.
  8. Comes into your bedroom for no reason.
  9. Asks  you to do things that involve physical contact or touching of private parts.
  10. Offenders wants to spend time alone with you. Makes excuses  for you to go places with him.
  11. Asks questions or make accusations about sex between you and your boyfriends.
  12. “Accidentally” comes into the bathroom when you are taking a bath. Not respecting your privacy.
  13. May fool your parents into allowing you to be “friends” through bribes and other tricks.

Some tell tale signs here could give you a cue and save a kid you know from the trap of an abuser. Please listen to every story your kids are telling you.

Profile of abuser

The sexual offender can be of any age, gender, and from any race, culture, religion, income level, or profession. Most abusers are men (80-85%), are well known to the child and frequently have a position of responsibility and trust for the care of the child. Studies indicate that only about 10% of the offenders are strangers to the abused child. 20% of the offenders are pedophiles (who tend to have a large number of victims).

Help line
Philippine National Police (PNP)
Hotline 117
Or call your local PNP Office
Rescue
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
Call your local DSWD office
Bantay Bata
Hotline : 163

Source: http://www.cptcsa.org/childrens.php

Karapatan, kin of political prisoners thank showbiz personalities for support

Karapatan and relatives of political prisoners lauded the efforts of The Actors Guild of the Philippines and the Film Artists Group led by human rights advocate and artist Maria Isabel Lopez and beauty queen Evangeline Pascual in mounting the successful benefit exhibit of showbiz personalities for the campaign and welfare fund of political prisoners in the Philippines.

The exhibit dubbed “PortrAYAL (LAYA): Portraits for Freedom” opened on July 5 at the ART Center in Megamall Building A, Mandaluyong City. Karapatan and relatives of political prisoners, as beneficiaries of the said project, attended the opening. Former political prisoner Rep. Neri Colmenares, Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero, former Rep. Liza Maza, Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, actor Pen Medina, scriptwriter Ricky Lee also attended the exhibit opening to lend their support for the project.

Lopez and Pascual, officers of the Guild, enjoined several showbiz personalities who are visual artists themselves to contribute their paintings for the said benefit exhibit. Among those who contributed their artworks were: Heart Evangelista, Vanessa “Bangs” Garcia, Jao Mapa, Mara Lopez, Melissa Mendez, Lani Lobangco, Lotlot de Leon, Cris Villanueva, Dranreb Belleza, Nadia Montenegro, Heber Bartolome, Ernie Garcia, Baron Geisler, Cesar Montano, Louie Ignacio, Rosanna Roces, Precy de Guzman-Brady, among others. The exhibit runs until July 7.

Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay, in the opening program, thanked the artists for their support to the political prisoners and human rights causes in the country.

“Political prisoners defend and uphold the people’s democratic rights, including the freedom of expression and the right to uphold and fight for their political beliefs. Peace consultants Alan Jazmines, Eduardo Sarmiento, Renante Gamara and Adelberto Silva are artists at the forefront of the people’s movement for the defense of these rights and for genuine change,” she stated.

Nikki Gamara, daughter of political prisoner Renante Gamara, said “It is a comfort to us relatives that the support for the release of my father and all political prisoners is gaining ground. We highly appreciate their solidarity through their artworks and encouraging words.”

On July 24 to 25, Karapatan and the End Impunity Alliance are scheduled to mount another exhibit of portraits of political prisoners by renowned social realists such as Neil Doloricon and Egay Fernandez, feminist artists from Kasibulan and young activist-artists at the Maximillan Gallery, Po’s Building, Tomas Morato corner Scout Madriñan, Quezon City.

Press Release

Portraits for Freedom

I received an invitation to an art exhibit organized by the Actors Guild of the Philippines for the benefit of Karapatan’s Free All Political Prisoners Campaign and Welfare Fund.

Portraits for Freedom

The Actors Guild of the Philippines in cooperation with the Mendez Big and Small Art Co. and The Film Artist Group presents the benefit exhibit for Karapatan’s Free All Political Prisoners Campaign and Welfare Fund entitled “PortrAYAL (LAYA) 1: Portraits for Freedom” featuring the artworks of Heber Bartolome, Reb Belleza, Lotlot de Leon, Heart Evangelista, Ernie Garcia, Valerie “Bangs” Garcia, Baron Geisler, Louie Ignacio, Lani Lobangco-Santos, Maria Isabel Lopez, Jao Mapa, Melissa Mendez, Cesar Montano, Nadia Montenegro, Evangeline Pascual, Rosannna Roces, Cris Villanueva, and others. Opening cocktails for the exhibit will be on July 4, 5pm at the Art Center, SM Megamall, 4th Floor, Bldg. A, Mandaluyong City. Exhibit runs until July 7, 2015.