Philip Wokorach Credit: Kawowo Sports | MATIAS MATUS ACEBO

Uganda Rugby Cranes star Philip Wokorach has joined an online campaign against Child Sexual Abuse.

Wokorach is partnering with The Remnants Generation for the campaign to ensure that children especially girls remain safe from sexual abuse. The campaign also targets victims of child sexual abuse to provide them with the right social, health, moral, and emotional support.

The campaign aims to create awareness against child sexual abuse and to collect donations in form of funds. These will be used to provide basic necessities for The Remnants Generation shelter located in Busega.

The Remnant Generation is a Christian-based Non-Governmental Organisation that works to rescue & restore the lives of teenage pregnant girls & survivors of sexual abuse.

According to the 1999 World Health Organisation Consultation on Child Abuse Prevention, child sexual abuse is the involvement of a child in sexual activity that he or she does not fully comprehend, is unable to give informed consent to, or for which the child is not developmentally prepared and cannot give consent, or that violates the laws or social taboos of society. These activities include coercion of a child to engage in any unlawful sexual
activity, exploitative use of a child in prostitution or other unlawful sexual
practices, and in pornographic performance and materials.

Child sexual abuse is usually perpetrated by known and trusted caregivers and often occurs repeatedly over extended periods.

A national survey carried out by the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development of Uganda in 2018 found that more than 1 in 3 girls and about 1 in 6 boys experienced sexual violence in childhood.

Wokorach, who is based in France where he plies his trade with A.S.B.C Rugby, has rallied the general public and his fellow rugby players to join him in this noble cause.

Ernest Akorebirungi is an amateur rugby player and a keen follower of local Ugandan rugby.

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  1. “It has been said that if child abuse and neglect were to disappear today, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual would shrink to the size of a pamphlet in two generations, and the prisons would empty. Or, as Bernie Siegel, MD, puts it, quite simply, after half a century of practicing medicine, ‘I have become convinced that our number-one public health problem is our childhood’.” (Childhood Disrupted, pg.228).

    Chronic abuse (sexual, emotional, physical, etc.) typically causes the child’s brain to improperly develop; and if allowed to continue, it’s the helpless infant’s starting point towards a childhood, adolescence and (in particular) adulthood in which its brain uncontrollably releases potentially damaging levels of inflammation-promoting stress hormones and chemicals, even in non-stressful daily routines.

    Meanwhile, general society perceives and treats human reproductive “rights” as though we’ll somehow, in blind anticipation, be innately inclined to sufficiently understand and appropriately nurture our children’s naturally developing minds and needs.

    As a moral and ethical rule, a psychologically sound as well as a physically healthy future must be all children’s foremost right—especially considering the very troubled world into which they never asked to enter.

    (Frank Sterle Jr.)

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