Solutions Spotlights

What works to prevent sexual violence against children?

What Works to Prevent Sexual Violence Against Children” showcases that there are evidence-based, proven solutions to prevent sexual violence against children. Here we shine a light on some of the solutions being implemented around the world and talk to leading experts in the space. From justice reform in Bolivia to laws against child marriage in India, these programs, policies, laws, and actions prove that solutions really do exist—and we all have a part to play in ending violence against children. 

Click the photos below to learn more about programs being implemented around the world to prevent sexual violence against children.

Using the INSPIRE framework, the “What Works to Prevent Sexual Violence Against Children”  Evidence Review focuses on one particular form of violence: sexual violence.

 

Interventions listed in this package will need to be adapted to meet a country or community’s specific conditions and characteristics. For further guidance on implementation considerations see the INSPIRE framework (page 82-90).

 

Broadly, there are several factors that are consistently raised as important for preventing sexual violence against children, regardless of the type of intervention: 

  • National response integrated into broader protection systems for children and adolescents
  • Programs that are holistic and address the multiple factors that contribute to violence-supporting norms and behaviors, including gender stereotypes and gender-based discrimination
  • Programs that are developmentally appropriate and/or gender-specific
  • Programs targeting children that are delivered over several sessions, physically interactive, and participatory

Whether justice reform in Bolivia or laws against child marriage in India, these solutions demonstrate that we all have a role to play in ending violence against children. Find more solutions and read the full-text Evidence Review here.