5 Things We’re Reading This Week - June 29, 2020

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in many states, it is more urgent than ever that we prioritize protecting children during COVID-19 and beyond. That’s why we launched #KeepKidsSafe in collaboration with Darkness to Light, Child USA, the National Children’s Alliance and more than 50 other leading organizations and adult survivors of child sexual abuse. The campaign calls on the U.S. government to include emergency funding to address violence against children in the next COVID-19 relief package. Learn about the four ways you can take action to keep kids safe by visiting keep-kids-safe.org.


Last week, we also celebrated the launch of the first ever Global Status Report on Preventing Violence Against Children 2020. The report explores the progress made in 155 countries in implementing the INSPIRE framework, a set of seven strategies for preventing and responding to violence against children. It reveals important findings, such as 1 out of 2 children suffer some form of violence each year, and 1 in 3 students aged 11-15 years suffered bullying in the past month. The report shows that INSPIRE can help to reduce violence against children, but that all countries need to scale up efforts to implement those strategies.


To read more, see below for five news stories that caught our attention this week:

1. Join Together For Girls To #KeepKidsSafe

The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, (June 25, 2020): This article highlights the new #KeepKidsSafe campaign to help prevent and respond to child abuse in America during and after COVID-19. It includes four actions that everyone can take to help keep kids safe.

2. When Children Take The Lead: 10 Child Participation Approaches To Tackle Violence


The UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children (UN SRSG-VAC), (June 19, 2020): This blog highlights a report published by the UN SRSG-VAC analyzing 10 child participation approaches to identify common elements that make child participation effective for violence prevention, reporting, and awareness, and offering guidance for children’s rights-based organizations.

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3. Anti-Racist Resources Our Team Is Reading Now


National Sexual Violence Resource Center, (June 26, 2020): This blog highlights a curated list of resources to help foster an understanding of the links between sexual violence, racism, and justice for survivors.

4. Global Status Report On Preventing Violence Against Children 2020


World Health Organization, (June 18, 2020): This article provides an overview of the Global Status Report on Preventing Violence Against Children 2020. Jointly published by WHO, UNICEF, UNESCO, the UN SRSG-VAC, and the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children, it reveals some important findings on progress made in preventing violence against children around the world.

5. Why More Children’s Books Are Tackling Sexual Harassment and Abuse


The New York Times, (June 17, 2020): This article covers why more children’s books are tackling sexual harassment and abuse, and highlights a few middle-grade books published over the past year.

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