PCDCR organized an entertainment day for children with cancer

The Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution organized an entertainment day for children with cancer in cooperation with ” Supporting Children with Cancer Benevolent Association ” . The open day, which is held at Saad Sayel hall , included several entertainment paragraphs, games, songs and puppets that are presented by Marah Group for Educational Arts with the presence of more than 100 children suffering from cancer and their families .
Gaza governorate coordinator , Mr. Ali Nasman , stated that this day included cancer patients and their families in order to support them psychologically as a result of the hard circumstances and the psychological pressures they suffer from .
The children expressed their happiness by participating in several entertainment paragraphs and introducing the open day program .
The ceremony began with verses of the Holy Quran , also, at the end of the day , the children expressed their happiness as they are given gifts .

The center implements a study about ” The sexual abuse of the children in Gaza Strip provinces “

The Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution conducted a study about ” The sexual abuse of the children in Gaza Strip provinces ” . This study is in the context of the center’s work that is primarily concerned with the protection of children through a programme of edification and guidance it implements since its establishment , as we noticed recently a rise in the number of the cases that have been sexually assaulted .
The study has been implemented in the first half of October, 2009 on a sample of 390 children of both sexes in the age of ( 8 – 15 ) .
The study has been applied in all Gaza Strip provinces and has been reached to the following results :
* 7% of the sample have been subjected to the sexual abuse .
* 5.55% of the cases that have been sexually assaulted , the offender was known to the child .
* 60% of the children in the sample, who were subjected to a sexual abuse , haven’t requested a help from anyone.
* 40% of the children in the sample , who have been sexually assaulted , haven’t told anyone about their exposure.
* Half of the sample have little information about the sexual abuse .
* One-third of the sample can’t distinguish between the good touch & the bad one .
* Half of the sample weren’t aware that the offender may be one of the family .
* 80% of the sample expected that their first reaction in case they had subjected to the sexual abuse , is screaming and escaping .
* More than 85 real story of sexual abuse against the children , has been recorded during the work of the study .