16.02.2019

Out of the shadows: Shining light on the response to child sexual abuse

Out of the shadows: Shining light on the response to child sexual abuse and exploitation - a 40-country benchmarking index examines how countries are responding to the threat of sexual violence against children. It explores the environment in which the issue occurs and is addressed; the degree to which a country’s legal framework provide protections for children from sexual violence; whether government commitment and capacity is being deployed to equip institutions and personnel to respond appropriately; and the engagement of industry, civil society and media in efforts to tackle the problem. 

Out of the shadows: Shining light on the response to child sexual abuse and exploitation is an Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) research programme supported by the World Childhood Foundation and the Oak Foundation with additional support from the Carlson Family Foundation.

Created with input from 36 international experts, the index draws on the latest available quantitative data and qualitative research. A detailed description of the index construction and research process is provided in the methodology paper, which is available for download.

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An accompanying report leverages key findings from the index as part of a broader exploration of the barriers to progress in fighting sexual violence against children, while highlighting strategies that have proven effective.

This report focuses on the aspects of sexual violence against children that are critical to developing a better understanding of the issue, highlighting where progress is needed and identifying factors that can potentially drive change.

Read or download the report: White Paper

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