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General News of Tuesday, 31 December 2019

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Ama K. Abebrese joins AmaCares to fight child sexual abuse

Actress Ama K Abebrese


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Actress Ama K. Abebrese on December 3, 2019 teamed up with AmaCares - a non-profit organization that advocates against child sexual abuse – for a workshop about the subject at Labone SDA School.

The television personality among other things, engaged the students on how to identify abusers, the need to report cases to authorities and most importantly how not to fall victims to the cruel act.

On her part, Benedicta Ama Batcho, founder of AmaCares mentioned that her team is poised to see a significant impact as efforts to change communities’ perception about child sexual abuse continue unabated.

“Our mission is to raise awareness so that you don’t become victims of sexual abuse, " she said.

Prior to this, AmaCares had been to Hope Academy in the Central Region and Gbawe Cluster of Schools on November 29 and December 2 for same.

The team donated some food items to Hope Academy after the interaction with the students.

AmaCares has organized several workshops in the country since its inception. In September this year, the NGO interacted with students of Sekyere-Kwamang in the Ashanti region and educated them on child sexual abuse. The schools included the Seventh Day Adventist Junior High School, District Assembly Junior High School, Anglican Junior High School, Presbyterian Junior High School and Kwamang Senior High School.

Beyond the education and advocacy, AmaCares, according to the founder, has dedicated counselors and doctors who provide counselling services and treatment to victims of child sexual abuse.

“We don’t only seek to change community’s perception about the issue. Survivors are dear to our hearts. Due to the emotional and psychological trauma they go through as a result of the sexual abuse, provision has been made for counselors and doctors to attend to them accordingly. If anyone abuses you, speak out,” Ms Batcho stated.

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