REACT (Reject & Expose All Child Trauma) is an anti-sexual-abuse programme. It targets junior school learners between eight and 12 years old. It serves to enlighten children on sexual abuse and equip them with knowledge of how to prevent it. We are working with ten schools in two districts where Sethule operates.
We educate the children on how to adopt good relationships with the opposite sex and with adults. Children are taught about body parts, right and wrong touches, body safety rights, avoiding undeserved gifts and bribes, how to say ‘No’, and to tell someone if they suspect abuse or if abuse has happened. The use of pictures and videos keeps the group alert, and sweets are given as a reward to those who actively participate.
Children are then encouraged to tell the relevant people, i.e. school counsellors, parents/guardians, police or anyone they trust. The victims go through counselling and are involved in programmes that boost their confidence and self-esteem.