Solutions Spotlight: Four Actions You Can Take to Keep Kids Safe in the US

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the existing silent pandemic of sexual violence, exploitation, and abuse against children. Timely action by Congress can #keepkidssafe.

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. We need your help!

Four Ways You Can Get Involved:

1.  Join your peers by signing the advocacy letter.

 

2.  Use your voice & reach out to Congress. The ‘Contact Your Representative’ feature makes this easy!

 

3.  Spread the word. Use the social media toolkit for everything you need to post – including graphics, example copy, and facts.

 

4.  Learn to prevent abuse

 

Please join us in working to break the cycle of abuse against children during this moment of crisis and beyond.

Join us now by visiting keep-kids-safe.org.

Girl working on laptop doing online learning during lockdown.

Staying at home and being online doesn’t always mean staying safe.

Because of 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.

Our national response to COVID-19 must keep kids safe from the virus and also #keepkidssafe from violence at home and online.

Led by a group of adult survivors of child sexual abuse and national leaders, we are calling on Congress to take urgent action. Join us and help #keepkidssafe during COVID-19 and beyond.

We need to ensure that the most marginalized and vulnerable kids can access services.

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 child 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 kids but also provide trauma-informed services that help abused children heal.

Working together, we can confront and end the hidden pandemic of child abuse in America.

In particular, 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.

Join us now by visiting keep-kids-safe.org.

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