Together for Girls, Darkness to Light, Child USA and the National Children’s Alliance are joining forces with a diverse coalition of adult survivors of child sexual abuse, advocates and leading organizations to launch #KeepKidsSafe to raise awareness about the urgent need to prioritize violence prevention and response for children during COVID-19 and beyond.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many families are now facing disruptions in routine, isolation from society, more time spent at home and online, financial insecurity, stress, and anxiety, and as a result, the risk of violence against women and children in all forms is on the rise.
Many children are now hidden from the caring adults, community members, and mandated reporters who would have protected them: friends, neighbors, family members, teachers, doctors, dentists, and even child protective service professionals.
Additionally, large numbers of children are spending unprecedented time online, increasing exposure to online violence, sexual exploitation, and abuse.
The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating impact across the United States, and the data shows COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted communities of color, further exposing longtime racial inequities. We also know that longstanding structural barriers have made it more difficult for Black and Indigenous communities to access a variety of critical services focused on prevention, healing, and justice to end childhood sexual violence. In some cases, the systems designed to protect individuals and families have actually caused harm and exacerbated existing inequities.
This is unacceptable. We must work together to dismantle these barriers and ensure that these systems work to protect every child and serve all families and communities during COVID-19 and beyond. We can help do this by strengthening programs that not only prevent child abuse and protect children and adolescents, but also provide trauma-informed services that help abused children heal.
We need to expand existing funding to grassroots organizations at the frontlines of child protection with programs that effectively serve diverse racial, ethnic, and religious communities, and that provide care for survivors and support for professionals who work to protect children. We must also work with allied organizations to ensure women and other at-risk populations are safe from violence.
Together for Girls, in partnership with The Equality Institute and the Oak Foundation, undertook a systematic review of proven solutions and best practices to prevent and respond to sexual violence against children and young people.
November 18 is the Inaugural World Day for Prevention, Healing and Justice to End Sexual Violence Against Children and Adolescents.
Together for Girls profiles VidaNyx — the leading cloud-based digital video evidence management solution that works to address the needs of the Children’s Advocacy Center in the U.S. — as a critical solution in the What Works to Prevent Sexual Violence Against Children Evidence Review.
The month of April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month. Throughout April, the Keep Kids Safe coalition is raising awareness of sexual violence and promoting events that amplify the voices of survivors.
Whether you’re a parent, leader of a youth-focused organization, or coach of a youth sports team, you should know what safeguarding is and why it’s critical to keeping kids safe.
Sexual violence against children affects children everywhere at a staggering rate — one in four girls experience physically forced or coerced sexual intercourse.
This town hall brings together survivors of sexual violence against children — remarkable activists that are helping change the way we think about an issue that, directly or indirectly, affects all of us.
Athlete A reminds us how regularly survivors are ignored and how often they are chastised for reporting an abuser. It reveals how self-interested institutions can themselves turn into cloaks of protection for the most heinous crimes.
The COVID-19 lockdowns around the U.S. have exacerbated what was already a widespread problem gripping our nation: the trapping of children at home with sexual abusers.
Friends can play a powerful role in helping survivors access and receive critical care to help them seek justice and start their journey to heal.
Survivors of sexual violence, particularly those of color, should be leading the conversations about their needs and the needs of their communities, informing policy, and catalyzing prevention.
This blog features COVID-19 parenting resources, including evidence-based strategies to manage stress, tools to keep children safe online, and guides that help parents talk to their kids about COVID-19.
A prudent intervention on the adoption of safeguarding policies and procedures for child and youth-serving organizations
A prudent intervention providing education and awareness-raising for adults who interact with children
The United Nations declares November 18 “World Day for the Prevention of and Healing from Child Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Violence”