Distress of child war and sex abuse victims halved by new trauma intervention
Today’s post is written by Carrie at the WOV Helpdesk. Thanks Carrie!
World Vision frequently works in countries that are involved in wars and other ongoing conflicts. Children are often particularly vulnerable in these places. One such country that World Vision works in is the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Boys and girls have both been vulnerable in the DRC. Many boys have been forced to become child soldiers and have been faced with unimaginable trauma and abuse. Many girls have also been incredibly traumatized in a country that is often called the “rape capital of the world.” In addition to being raped, many girls have been forced to become sex slaves.
Children who have gone through these traumatic experiments often have nowhere to turn to and may not seek help due to the stigma attached to rape and other trauma experienced in war. World Vision collaborated with Queens University Belfast to pioneer a new trauma intervention that has proven successful in the past with sexual abuse patients in the West. In this case, the patients were also victims of war. Even those who conducted the study were impressed by the success of the treatments.