What works to prevent sexual violence against children
Sexual violence against children, which includes anyone under the age of 18, is one of the largest silent global pandemics of our time, occurring in countries at all levels of development and affecting children of all ages.
Until recently, very little was known about the true nature of sexual violence against children. However, over the last two decades, a growing number of research efforts to document and understand the dynamics and prevalence of sexual violence against children have started to shed light on its magnitude and consequences. Historically, a great deal of the research has focused on high-income countries (HICs), but significant progress has been made in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
The evidence emerging demonstrates that prevention interventions can make a difference. Together for Girls, in partnership with the Equality Institute and the Oak Foundation, has drawn on an extensive evidence base, which is intended to be a knowledge springboard for further work to understand and prevent sexual violence against children.