If you’re on Twitter, Alyssa D. Silos (whose handle is @Alythuh) has probably graced your feed. The Filipino-American artist has gone viral for her #aesthetic self-defense kits and cosplaying characters like Princess Kida. She’s gone viral again, this time for being a main donor for a sexual assault children’s shelter that’s set to open in Davao City.
“Just accomplished a lifelong dream. I am the main donor to open a sexual assault children’s shelter in Davao City, Philippines. The papers finally got approved and we are housing [four to five] children this year,” Silos wrote in a tweet on May 5. “The organization I’m part of is Maya’s [Organisation]. I’ll be going [to] the Philippines this year, so I’ll be updating as things develop.”
Just accomplished a life long dream.
I am the main donor to open a sexual assault children’s shelter in Davao City, Philippines. The papers finally got approved and we are housing 4-5 children this year. 😁 this is the first of many in the Philippines.
Silos is donating hundreds of the self-defense kits that she designed to Maya’s Organisation Philippines, Inc. “Sexual assault is a subject I don’t take lightly. Too many children, women, and men are affected by it and only until the last few years have we been able to publicly talk about sexual violence without being completely shunned. I’m aware I cannot definitely prevent further assaults with this kit, but even if it gives someone 30 seconds to escape, those 30 seconds could perhaps prevent an attack. And I am honored to give anyone that possibility,” she says on her site.
Silos’s team is also doing volunteer work for Maya’s Organisation. With the help of counselors, psychologists, and missionaries, the support group’s team aims to build a shelter and to conduct an information education campaign on the prevention of child sexual abuse.
We will be providing counseling and holistic healing for all survivors from their trauma.
Being a main donor doesn’t stop at the house itself. also means covering a house mother, kitchen assist, garden and other resources to give them a fruitful home life. https://t.co/pPrtcdaTEp
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) does help children who have been exploited through shelters such as the Home for Girls, Marillac Hills, and Reception and Study Center for Children. With high rates of violence against children in the country, however, we are in need of more. According to the latest UNICEF statistic (2015), one in four Filipino children has experienced sexual violence. DSWD’s latest statistic states that there were 1,045 cases of child sexual abuse in 2016. It’s also concerning that the supposedly annual report has yet to be updated on the Philippine Statistics Authority website.