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'Yes She Matters' Program

BY NAW MOL MOL | 19 JANUARY 2018

Global Alms Incorporated has a new program called, 'Yes She Matters'. It offers an Emergency Team for females who have been involved in trafficking, sexual exploitation, rape, and abuse or physical violence. 

We will provide an Emergency Pack (new clothes, undergarments, sanitary items, toiletries); our Emergency Assistance team will also provide case workers for Mental Health support and Training options. Our team are working with the local hospital, police, and other organisations. 

We went to discuss this issue with owners of coffee shops, restaurants, taxi companies, hotels and department stores to ask them to display the posters in their shopfronts, or in their female toilets. We also asked the local taxi drivers (and companies) that if they meet a woman who has been abused or a victim of violence, although they do not have the money to pay the taxi fare, would they be willing to take them to the police or hospital for free. They have agreed that if they came across a case like that, they would contact us. We are so thankful that they are willing to partner with us. 

It is not only our team that can help in such cases, but also all people around the world. If you do not want women to be abused or become a victim of violence, you should take care of and notice your environment. Therefore, working with a team is more successful than working alone.

Every child and young person has the right to grow up in a safe and supportive family and to have opportunities that assist them to reach their full potential. Have you ever heard of or seen a case where a child who was under 18 years of age was abused, raped, or became a victim of violence? This issue occurs all around the world, not only in Thailand. It is hard to stop it. 

The child rape rates are increasing day by day. How does child abuse happen? It may be because of isolation and lack of support, stress, unrealistic expectations, lack of parenting skills, drug and alcohol problems, low self and esteem and self-confidence, and poor childhood experiences. How can we stop this issue? 

I have seen a lot of child abuse an assault cases that other organisations have supported. They provide support services for health, food, and other things, but it did not include the most important thing. That is teaching them how to protect themselves, to not trust others so easily and to be aware of their surroundings. This is what our team is doing now.

We train women in Reality Based Self Defence and other important skills. It is not only for a child who is at risk. We train all women and children. Therefore, if you want your child to be safe, you should encourage them to learn Self Defence.

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