Member profile

Organization

Afectividad y Sexualidad A.C.

Constituency

Civil Society

Country/Region

North America

Organisation Description

Afectividad y Sexualidad A.C work is carried through the program Guardianes. We work in the
prevention of violence against children and child sexual abuse from an ecologicalsystemic
approach aiming our efforts to the educational trinomial: Children, Parents, and Teachers. From this
perspective, we consider the violence against children and child sexual abuse as a result of the
interaction of multiple factors that connect in diverse ecological levels (individual, family, social).
Individual level: Personal variables as life history, personality traits, cognitive styles, conflict
resolution styles, system of beliefs and interiorized values. Micro systemic level: It refers to groups
(Microsystems) where the individual is appointed; family, school, community. That is the closest
social environment. Exo systemic level: It refers to the ensemble of systems of the community
interceding between the individual, the family and the broad cultural system. In this level we find
the judicial system, health system, education system, the police, NGO´s, religious organization,
municipal organizations, etc. Macro systemic level: It refers to beliefs and values systems of the
cultural context. We are aware of the importance of the strengthening of social values generating
resilient tutors that be able to provide protection to the minors, can help us to decrease violence and
to improve domestic communication. We do this via specific courses, informative conferences and
workshops in order to increase the number of social and emotional skills in each beneficiary
targeted. We work with children from 4 to 12 years imparting conferences and workshops
containing dynamics according to each age so that they can have a comprehensive sexuality
perspective and can embrace the concepts taught, demonstrating in this way that everybody is
valuable and worthy of love and respect for the simple fact of being persons. With this method, we
teach them to value their body and the importance of taking care of it. We give genderequity
conferences and parents courses so they can learn about sexuality and parent skills allowing them to
cope with the sexual development of their children in a frame of human rights, gender equality and
well treatment and therefore be able to prevent them from different risks such as maltreatment and
sexual abuse. The teachers are sensitized about the importance of the sexual education and the role
they have in the prevention of violence, sexual violence in children and school harassment. They
acquire skills and learn different strategies so they can identify violence or abuse in their students.
Our model is composed by three phases, in each one we have conferences, workshops and courses:
1) Informational Phase: We create awareness in all the population about the importance of
prevention mistreatment and sexual abuse in children, in a scholar or family context in order to
create protective networks to be able to strengthen a full and healthy development of childhood. 2)
Education: We provide emotional competences and life skills to the population so they can identify
risk situations and continue with a preventive education. 3) Psychoeducational Attention: We
develop 5 skills only in those children who during the diagnosis, gave low score, so they can
improve assertive conducts, identify risk situations and get tools to develop life skills. Our
specialists use a mobile office equipped with different games and resources to work with children
throughout games and role plays.

Issues

Sexual violence

Emotional violence

Neglect

Sector

Education

Human Rights