November 18 is the Inaugural World Day for Prevention, Healing and Justice to End Sexual Violence Against Children and Adolescents.
#EndChildSexAbuseDay or #Nov18WorldDay is an opportunity to acknowledge the horrific magnitude of sexual violence against children and call for real, lasting change in communities around the world.
The “World Day for Prevention, Healing and Justice to End Sexual Violence Against Children and Adolescents” was developed through the efforts of the Global Collaborative, a survivor-led network of child advocacy organizations, governments, academic, and faith-based institutions committed to ending childhood sexual violence.
Building off the success of the Council of Europe’s “European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse” annual observance on November 18, the Global Collaborative hopes to create an official international day to end sexual violence against children. This year, representatives from more than 55 countries are commemorating the day, including the 47 countries of the European Council, Bolivia, Canada, India, Kenya, Nepal, and the United States.
In the United States, one alliance commemorating World Day to End Sexual Violence Against Children and Adolescents is Keep Kids Safe. Led by a coalition of survivors, allies and organizations (including Together for Girls), Keep Kids Safe launched the first-ever U.S. National Blueprint to End Sexual Violence Against Children and Adolescents this morning.
Using the framework of prevention, healing, and justice, this Blueprint serves as a roadmap identifying the much-needed changes the federal government should implement to ensure that evidence-based prevention efforts will be taken to scale in families, communities, schools, sports programs, places of worship and online. It also outlines the efforts needed to ensure that children, adolescents and adults who experienced sexual violence will access equitable, child and survivor-centered services and engage in processes designed to help them heal. Finally, it details interventions at the federal level that will ensure survivors who experienced any form of sexual violence—including child sexual abuse—will access fair child- and survivor-centered justice.
A guiding principle of the communities commemorating #EndChildSexAbuseDay #Nov18WorldDay is that in order to end sexual violence against children and adolescents, it is essential that survivors’ voices and experiences are heard, acknowledged and honored in all decision-making processes.
This video is an excerpt from the Survivor’s Agenda Virtual Town Hall hosted by Together for Girls with Darkness to Light, SNAP, the Army of Survivors and the Survivors’ Agenda.
Stay in the loop and join the global conversation online by using #EndChildSexAbuseDay, #Nov18WorldDay, and #PreventionHealingJustice. Survivors, allies, and organizations from around the world are using these hashtags to share their stories, highlight resources, and connect with each other.
On #EndChildSexAbuseDay #Nov18WorldDay, let’s renew our commitment to end sexual violence against children and adolescents and elevate the voices of survivors and allies to create change. Together, we can create a safer future for all children.
Director of Communications
This article examines the outcomes associated with early sexual debut in five sub-Saharan African countries for males and females, separately.
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.
On May 11-13, 2022, senior government officials and civil society leaders from over 30 African countries gathered at the Pan-African symposium on violence prevention in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Survivors and allies demand change
Next week, on March 29-30, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR) will hear the groundbreaking case of Brisa De Angulo Losada v. Bolivia.
International Safer Internet Day serves as a reminder that we all have a role to play in keeping children and adolescents safe online. Together, we can make the internet a safer and better place for children and adolescents now and in the future.
If a friend confided in you, would you know what to say? Read more about what to do—and not to do—so you’re equipped to respond in the best way possible.
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.
Together for Girls, Darkness to Light, Child USA, and the National Children’s Alliance join forces with a diverse coalition of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, advocates, and leading organizations to launch #KeepKidsSafe.
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.
On September 21, the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) launched an historic global, multi-year initiative focused on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG) – the Spotlight Initiative.
The photo exhibition, “Champions for change”, brings together personal stories showcasing how individual action can lead to a collective and forceful nationwide movement against gender-based violence.
The United Nations declares November 18 “World Day for the Prevention of and Healing from Child Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Violence”