Operation Bobbi Bear (OBB) is a South Africa based NGO and was started in 1994. OBB exists to fight for the rights and protection of abused children. The organization specializes in issues regarding child (sexual) abuse and (subsequent) HIV (-infections). In dealing with abuse cases, OBB collaborates with police, hospitals/clinics, social welfare and the courts to ensure the best interests of the child are upheld. The trained Child Safety Officers of OBB assist victims of abuse (and their caretakers/families) through socio-psychological and procedural guidance and counseling, fight for their rights through activism and contribute to prevention of child (sexual) abuse and subsequent HIV-infections through ensuring victims’ access to Post Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV and education and training of children and communities. OBB also trains other organizations (including some governmental organizations) on how to effectively deal with child (sexual) abuse and (prevention of) subsequent HIV-infections. In doing so, the organization makes use of unique methods (the Bobbi Bear and the EduToy), which were developed within OBB.
Operation Bobbi Bear deals with 800-1000 abuse and HIV-related cases a year. Through their educational and prevention programmes, OBB reaches about 1000 children per month.
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