• February 2020
  • Vol. 21, No. 1

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Preventing Sexual Violence Against Children

Together for Girls released a report that highlights existing evidence pertaining to which strategies are effective in preventing sexual violence against children. The report is intended for advocates, decision-makers, those who implement programs, and anyone involved in guiding efforts and policies. It highlights ongoing challenges as well as what is working from various case studies from around the world—with special attention to low- and middle-income countries.

This resource defines sexual violence against children, outlines the risks, and provides additional information, including victim ages by country, incident locations, perpetrator relationship, what supports children have, and the impact of the internet.

The review also covers the following prevention and response strategies and rates them as effective, promising, prudent, conflicting, no effect, or harmful:

  • Implementation and enforcement of laws
  • Norms and values
  • Safe environments
  • Parent and caregiver support
  • Income and economic strengthening
  • Response and support services
  • Education and life skills

For each strategy, the report highlights a case study and includes experts' perspectives and additional resources.

What Works to Prevent Sexual Violence Against Children: Executive Summary is available at https://www.togetherforgirls.org/wp-content/uploads/2019-11-15-What-Works-to-Prevent-Sexual-Violence-Against-Children-Executive-Summary.pdf (14,928 KB).


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