In the valley of Cochabamba, Bolivia, A Breeze of Hope Foundation (ABH) is giving an unprecedented, and life-changing, voice of support to victims of childhood sexual violence. This center is the first of its kind in Bolivia, providing comprehensive services for children and adolescents.
ABH ensures access to physical and psychological health services, as well as legal assistance. Founded by activist and survivor Brisa de Angulo, A Breeze of Hope is grounded in the experiences of those who have lived through sexual violence and uses an innovative model aligned with global best practices.
ABH pursues three broad goals:
This comprehensive model of care, legal assistance, and prevention has generated significant results for Bolivian young people and their families, who are able to use ABH services free of charge.
Since its founding in 2004 through 2016, ABH has created the Youth Network Against Sexual Violence in 2016, in which young people themselves lead advocacy and media outreach, as well as peer-to-peer contact at schools, community events, and fairs.
Other notable achievements include:
Conviction rate achieved and maintained in the oral trials in which they have participated, as compared to the 2% conviction rate before ABH existed
victims of child and adolescent sexual violence provided with free, comprehensive services
participants trained in conferences, workshops, and postgraduate courses
Next week, on March 29-30, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR) will hear the groundbreaking case of Brisa De Angulo Losada v. Bolivia.
Sexual violence against children affects children everywhere at a staggering rate — one in four girls experience physically forced or coerced sexual intercourse.
For the second annual World in Your Hands Art Contest, Together for Girls and the Coalition for Adolescent Girls asked female artists ages 12-24 about their influences, how they themselves strive to influence others, and how they use their voice and influence to make the world a better place.
An effective intervention focused on community mobilization programs to change attitudes, norms and behaviors with direct intervention at the community level
A prudent intervention on the adoption of safeguarding policies and procedures for child and youth-serving organizations
The United Nations declares November 18 “World Day for the Prevention of and Healing from Child Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Violence”