Preventing Sexual Violence Against Children

Together, we can create a safer world for every child.

“What Works to Prevent Sexual Violence Against Children” shows that sexual violence can — and must — be prevented. From school-based safe dating programs to community mobilization efforts, these evidence-based solutions showcase that there are practical, cost-effective programs that can help break the cycle of violence. We have the tools; now it’s on us to bring these #SVSolutions to scale.

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What Works To Prevent Sexual Violence Against Children

Evidence Review

Executive Summary

Lo que funciona para prevenir la violencia sexual contra las niñas y los niños (Español)

Prévenir la violence sexuelle envers les enfants: les solutions efficaces (Français)

Kinachofanya kazi kuzuia ukatili wa kingono dhidi ya watoto (Kiswahili)

About the Evidence Review

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 youth (SVAC). 


The review was completed in collaboration with a group of experts and allied organizations and highlights evidence-based solutions from around the world — from a girl’s empowerment initiative in India to justice reform in Guatemala to school-based education program in the United States.

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The data is clear: Sexual violence affects children & adolescents in every country around the world. For far too long it has been a silent pandemic, with little awareness of the scope, scale, and consequences of the problem or understanding of potential #SVSolutions. That silence has allowed violence against children to perpetuate.


However, there is hope. By analyzing the best available research on existing strategies and identifying the most effective and promising solutions, we have created a roadmap for decision-makers, advocates, and program implementers, showcasing what works to prevent sexual violence in childhood and adolescence.


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).


Visit the links below to learn more about the issue of sexual violence against children, access resources and tools from our collaborators and partners, and view spotlight solutions of programs being implemented around the world.


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