An international study shows that 90% of child sexual abuse victims know the perpetrator and 68% are abused by family members. However, most parents and guardians in our country tell small children “to keep a distance from strangers”, “not to take anything from strangers”, and “to be mindful of strangers,” making it nearly impossible to protect small children from potential risks of child abuse in reality.
Therefore, since 2017 Mongolian Women’s Fund (MONES) has been implementing a project in collaboration with the Mongolian Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science (MECS) to close the gaps between realities and stereotypes and to provide small children with methods and skills on how to prevent and protect from child sexual and physical abuses. The project covered a total number of 1,872 children of senior and pre-kindergarten groups of 11 kindergartens of Ulaanbaatar city and rural areas to teach these children the skills of how to protect themselves from child abuse. This has enabled small children to get to know the differences between strangers and people they know and can trust, and to learn about body parts that are okay and not okay to be touched; besides, they have learned about skills on how to protect themselves from potentially dangerous and risky situations of child abuse and how and to whom to inform about these situations.
Since the project activities have been successfully carried out, we started to conduct the same training for kindergarten children aged 4-5, targeting kindergartens located in Bayangol, Bayanzurkh, Khan-Uul, Songinokhairkhan and Baganuur districts of the capital city, as well as those in Arkhangai, Bayankhongor and Dornod provinces, where the project had not been implemented.
“Understanding Child Sexual Abuse: Prevalence, Multicultural Considerations, and Life Span Effects.” Anneliese A. Singh and April Sikes. Surviving Sexual Violence: A Guide to Recovery and Empowerment. 2011.