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.