BUILT ON PASSION
I Am My Bodyguard team is made up professionals and volunteers who share our vision to equip every child and woman with the life skills to protect themselves and are passionate about making a difference.
JAMES & KATHRIN
Founders of I Am My Bodyguard Switzerland
James and Kathrin are convinced that if a child is taught basic Life Skills in self-awareness, assertiveness and self-protection; that child will stand a much better chance of not becoming a victim to violence and sexual abuse.
Sexual abuse on children is a global problem with grave, life-long consequences for the victims. It happens across all social, economic and age groups; in homes, schools, institutions and on the street. Sexual abuse to children is more prevalent in certain countries, which may be due to widespread poverty, substance abuse and less
enforcement of children’s rights.
An idea was born. What if we reached out to teach children whose parents and schools can afford to pay for such vital Life Skills training, thereby generating funds to train children in areas and countries where they could not afford to pay for such workshops? Having the experience and know-how to design and run similar workshops, we felt this was a good opportunity to try a different approach to tackling violence and sexual abuse to children around the world. As a contrast to the many existing survivor-centered approaches, we feel that if we can reach as many children as possible around the world, we can reduce the number of victims. Although statistically more girls fall victim to sexual abuse, boys are targeted too. Hence, the program I Am My Bodyguard is taught to mixed classes. As most child abusers are men, we hope to educate young boys at the same time to be more empathic to girls and women as they grow into adults.In order for I Am My Bodyguard to have big impact, we need an ongoing awareness campaign to reach millions. We need your help. The idea has been received warmly by everyone we speak to,but words are not enough. We need as many supporters as possible on board to take it from a good idea to a great solution to prevent and fight violence and sexual abuse to children around the world; in developed and developing countries.
Co-Founder / Project Manager Kenya
At 18 years, I dreamt of going to college, but the society in which I lived expected me to do menial jobs to earn a living. As a child I suffered the impact of living in extreme poverty, worsened by my parent’s arguments which would escalate to violence. In search of a better life I came to Nairobi and ended up drugged and raped on my first night by someone I trusted. As a result, I became pregnant. As a result of trauma, my mental health and well-being were left in near darkness throughout my teens and early twenties. This would greatly influence my view of the world. I now dream of a better future for survivors of sexual violence and children born out of rape. That is why I am passionate to equip children and women with the necessary Life Skills to protect themselves.