This week, several new pieces highlight the importance of keeping kids safe, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, and different ways that people can take action to help protect children. Oak Foundation recently called attention to #KeepKidsSafe, encouraging people to sign the letter calling on 2020 US presidential candidates to take a stand against sexual violence against children. In addition to signing the letter, there are other ways to help keep children safe from abuse, especially when homeschooling. Darkness to Light (D2L) provides guidance for parents and caregivers keeping children home from in-person school. According to D2L, 80% of child sexual abuse incidents happen in one-on-one situations, and 40% of children who are sexually abused are abused by older or more powerful children. In response to these stats, their guidance includes tips like “make a rule that kids should be in groups of three or more,” and “talk to the teacher and children openly about boundaries.”
To read more, see below for five news stories that caught our attention this week:
Stanford Social Innovation Review, (Fall 2020): In this article, investigative journalist Victoria Brownworth explores the work of Together for Girls and highlights the issue of violence against children, as well as the impact of COVID-19 on women and girls.
Oak Foundation, (September 9, 2020): In this blog, Oak Foundation highlights the #KeepKidsSafe campaign launched by Together for Girls, Darkness to Light, Child USA, National Children’s Alliance, and Prevent Child Abuse America. The blog draws attention to the #KeepKidsSafe action hub, which includes a letter calling on 2020 US presidential candidates to take a stand against sexual violence against children.
Darkness to Light, (September 3, 2020): This blog provides guidance on how to ensure your kids are safe from abuse while they are homeschooled this year due to COVID-19 lockdown measures.
New York Times, (September 4, 2020): In this op-ed, OluTimehin Adegbeye, a writer and survivor from Nigeria, explains the problems with how Nigerian society treats women and cases of sexual violence.
The Guardian, (September 4, 2020): This photo essay by The Guardian, in collaboration with Girls Not Brides, features five women who tell their stories of how they were affected by child marriage.