“Our goal to build a safe world means we must first accept the present contradictions in our environment that limit child safety. These contradiction can only be understood with ongoing critical analysis.”
Our Important Values
The CPTCSA story is the same on as the story of the fisherman who kept rescuing bodies floating downstream until he realized the only way to stop the bodies was to discover why they were in the water in the first place. CPTCSA has been that fisherman for the past 20+ years, going upstream, finding the broken bridge where the bodies fell into the rushing river, and fixing the bridge piece by piece.
The goal of this group of professionals was to fill the gap in services that at the time focused on the foreign sex trade with little awareness of abuse within the homes and communities. Survey research conducted within certain schools and agencies indicated that more than 30% of our children were experiencing some form of inappropriate sexual behavior by people they know.
In 1995 we opened with one full time, one part time, and one consultant staff. Today the agency hires 7 staff that include social workers, administration and finance. Our board is a strategic working board who provide consultation and support when needed.
Licensure and Membership
We are licensed by the DSWD, SEC, and BIR. We are a member of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) and Family for Every Child.
When we opened our services, our logo was a butterfly. The butterfly represents the fact that while there is beauty in all our children, because child sexual abuse is not understood, we are all fragile. The whole with their lack of awareness was far more powerful than the individual child, victim, and even organizations working for and with this population. In our first 20 years we perhaps had more failures than successes because of this fact – but in the end we feel we have come out strong, we have learned from our many failures, we have bonded with many others, and we have made a difference. Read more.