Ask Congress to Help End Violence Against Children
Half of all children-- up to 1 billion children globally-- have experienced violence in the past year. A child dies every five minutes as a result. Exposure to violence can result in serious long-term consequences on children’s lives and their futures.
Children should feel safe at home, in school and in their communities. But it is in these places that most violence against children happens – often at the hands of the people they see every day.
- Gender-Based Violence: Nearly 1 in 5 girls is sexually abused at least once in her life. 25% of children under the age of 5 live with a mother who has been a recent victim of intimate partner violence.
- School-Based Violence: Half of the world's teens experience peer violence in and around school. More than 1 in 3 students aged 13-15 experience bullying.
- Online Violence: More than 175,000 children go online for the first time every day, exposing them to digital forms of violence such as cyber-bullying, sexual abuse and exploitation, and breaches in data privacy.
Moreover, with 350 million children living in countries affected by conflict and crisis around the globe, children are increasingly targets of war. In 2017, more than 10,000 children were killed or maimed in armed conflict.
Fortunately, there are globally agreed-upon solutions that address violence through a holistic and integrated approach. UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO), in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), developed the INSPIRE framework, a set of seven evidence-based strategies to end violence against children. The Congressional Resolution to End Violence against Children Globally (H.Res. 230 / S.Res.112) utilizes the INSPIRE framework, calling on Congress to develop and implement a coordinated strategy.
Ask your Members of Congress to cosponsor this Congressional Resolution and prioritize the safety of children around the world. Send a message to educate and advocate for a coordinated U.S. government strategy to #ENDViolence against children. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of children everywhere.
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