Macopa Street, Basak-Pardo
Cebu City, 6000, Philippines
+63 917 701 4700
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Break The Silence Project





Break the Silence Project




What Are We Doing?

The Break the Silence Project aims to advance the Deaf Child Sexual Abuse Prevention (DCSAP) advocacy in the Cebu Province by institutionalizing a process for raising awareness, providing training and engaging with various stakeholders in an effort to form a unified local response to the issue of Deaf women and child sexual abuse.



The Problem



A recent nationwide survey and case monitoring have found the following:

  • 65%-70% of Deaf boys and girls across the Philippines are being molested
  • From a sample of 60 Deaf women in Manila and Cebu, one-third have been raped
  • From a separate sample of 32 Deaf women in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao; 72% were abused or battered, and 63% were abused by their fathers
  • In Cebu City alone, PADS has recorded nearly 50 cases of sexual abuse from July 2012 up to the present day.

Most of the sexual abuse cases against the Deaf were not addressed or ended up in settle outside the court due to a lack of expertise on how to handle the cases.



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What We Want



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The key activities of the BTS include the development of the DSCAP network. This is done through trainings that cover a range of topics, and are targeted at different groups. We provide trainings on:

  • Sexual abuse prevention for Deaf women and children
  • Human trafficking, online safety and gender sensitivity for Deaf women and children
  • PWD sensitivity and case handling for lawyers and paralegals
  • Beginner to Advanced Filipino Sign Language for courtroom interpreters.

We are also raising awareness of the issue through activities including The Global Run, on March 19, 2017.



What We Do



Recent nationwide survey and case monitoring have found the following:

  • 65%-70% of Deaf boys and girls across the Philippines are being molested
  • From a sample of 60 Deaf women in Manila and Cebu, one third have been raped
  • From a separate sample of 32 Deaf women in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao; 72% were abused or battered, and 63% were abused by their fathers
  • In Cebu City alone, PADS has recorded nearly 50 cases of sexual abuse from July 2012 up to the present day.

Most of the sexual abuse cases against the Deaf were not addressed or ended up in settle outside the court due to a lack of expertise on how to handle the cases.



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Our Testimonials

  • "I volunteer with PADS for over a year and has much exposure to the Deaf community. I learned their culture and their language. I am lucky to have had this experience"

    Asmin Monib
    Asmin Monib
  • "The Break the Silence Project has made me feel motivated and really enhanced my skills. It has given me an opportunity to meet new friends who share the same passion."

    Suzette Lu
    Suzette Lu
  • "It was my teacher who originally encouraged me to learn Sign Language. Now, I am happy to continue learning and developing my interpreting skills."

    Melissa Raye de los Reyes
    Melissa Raye de los Reyes
  • "As I learnt Sign Language, I also discovered a lot of things about the Deaf community and that made me realize how I love to be with the Deaf as well as understanding their culture."

    Razel Ann Calderon
    Razel Ann Calderon
  • "After attending the Break the Silence Project, I am hopeful for the future and happy to see such like-minded people learning Filipino Sign Language."

    Bon Jovi
    Bon Jovi
  • "After attending the Break the Silence Project, my skills have improved and I have a much deeper understanding of Deaf interpreting."

    Edgar Vinluian
    Edgar Vinluian
  • "After volunteering during Typhoon Yolanda, I realized that the PWD community is the more vulnerable sector and that they need to have more integration with society at large."

    Gabrile Anthony Labra
    Gabrile Anthony Labra
  • "I want to make a difference for the People with Disability community. The discrimination I see makes me cringe. I will strive to improve my Sign Language skills to help create an inclusive society."

    Resiel Recio
    Resiel Recio
  • "As a teacher, I want to spread the rights of my students who live with a disability, to enable them to contribute something valuable in society."

    Laarni Sumagang
    Laarni Sumagang
  • "The Break the Silence Project has enhanced my ability to use Filipino Sign Language, and allowed me to understand my next steps in this space."

    Gladice Dublin
    Gladice Dublin
  • "My experience volunteering with PADS opened my eyes and heart to the Deaf world and as I went into the community. I learned about the challenges they are facing including lack of accessible social services."

    Francis Librando
    Francis Librando
  • "My niece is Deaf, and it is important to be able to communicate with her. I also want to help as many people as I can through my advocacy and my work."

    Melody Jane Wahing
    Melody Jane Wahing


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Together we can STOP the sexual abuse of Deaf women and children, in the Philippines.