Signing Ceremony of the Deed of Donation of Anatomically Correct Dolls
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno in behalf of the Supreme Court and the Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA), accepted the donation of anatomically-correct dolls through a signing ceremony of the Deed of Donation on January 16, 2014, 2 p.m., at the Dignitaries’ Lounge of the New Supreme Court Building.
The donor, Consuelo Zobel Alger Foundation (Foundation) is a private foundation that works to prevent and treat abuse, neglect and exploitation of children, women and families. In pursuit of the mission of its founder and benefactress, Doña Consuelo Zobel Alger, the Foundation expressed its desire to assist the Supreme Court in their programs to improve court processes and capacity to deal with child cases by donating 100 sets of anatomically correct dolls for distribution to all Family Courts in the country. Each set of anatomically correct dolls is composed of an adult male, adult female, girl-child and boy-child, which are designed and intended to be used for conducting investigative or forensic interviews of sexually abused children.
The Foundation’s Chairman of the Board, Constance H. Lau, Esq. expressed her gratitude to the Supreme Court and PHILJA for welcoming their group and emphasized the aim of the Foundation in donating the anatomically-correct dolls to the Supreme Court for the use of family courts. She added that the dolls are manufactured in the USA by Teach-a-Bodies, the world class authority in providing professionals with anatomically correct, instructional dolls to help break down barriers when communicating with children about child sex abuse treatment abuse and therapy.
Family Court Judge Cesar Pabel D. Sulit of the Regional Trial Court of San Juan City delivered his Message of Appreciation in behalf of all the Family Court Judges wherein he expressed and enumerated the significance and importance of the dolls as experienced by him in handling cases.
The Foundation’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Jon Matsuoka, PhD, signed the Deed of Donation as Donor while PHILJA’s Vice Chancellor Justo P. Torres, Jr signed as Donee.
Justice Torres, in behalf of PHILJA, thanked the Foundation for providing the courts the effective testimonial tools for survivors of child sexual abuse.
The signing ceremony was preceded with a Courtesy Call on the Chief Justice by 20 members and guests of the Foundation.