Alarmingly, 1 out 10 children has a chance of being sexually abused before turning 18 years. Research shows that people who are sexually violated as children are more likely in adult life to experience psychological problems characterized by depression, suicide, substance abuse, teenage pregnancy, school dropout and relationship problems. REACT understands that learning the facts, even at an early age, about child sexual abuse helps prevent it.
REACT (Reject & Expose All Child Trauma) is a sexual abuse awareness programme which informs and advises children in rural communities on sexual matters. With the full support from Ministry of Health in Zimbabwe, the programme was implemented initially in the schools in the Matopos District, and has spread to over a dozen schools in nearby districts. An average of over 1500 children aged 7 to 13 years were reached per year. So far a total of 9140 pupils have been covered by the programme with the highest figures recoded in 2015 demonstrating continual expansion. The intervention has resulted in a 55% reduction in recorded cases of sexual abuse, and a drop in childhood pregnancy to zero in 2012, and subsequently. School drop out in all areas has drastically diminished also.