Violence against children, in all its forms, takes a disastrous toll on the physical, mental, and social development of the more than 1 billion children around the world who are affected. They deserve a real childhood. 

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Globally, 1 billion children (nearly half of the world’s children) are exposed to violence every year. This violence includes abuse, neglect, exploitation, and physical, sexual, and emotional violence — including commercial sexual exploitation, trafficking, child labor, and harmful practices such as female genital mutilation/cutting and child marriage.

The secondary effects of COVID-19 further increase the risks of violence against children. In fact, up to 85 million more children will be exposed to physical, sexual, or emotional violence as a result of being isolated in unsafe homes, sent to work, or pushed into early marriage. That isn’t the life God intends for his precious children.

Thankfully, a new bipartisan bill presents a major step forward in ending violence against children. The Strengthening Efforts to End Violence Against Children Act, which World Vision helped write, will elevate the needs of the children most at risk of violence and promote better research and data-gathering so violence can be tracked and ultimately prevented.

World Vision is already on the ground, helping protect children from the aftereffects of COVID-19. But we also need the U.S. to remain a strong leader in addressing violence – especially for girls and boys at greater risk due to the pandemic.

"He will rescue them from oppression and violence, for precious is their blood in his sight." –Psalm 72:14

The U.S. has a crucial role in leading the effort to end violence against children. Act today to get the Strengthening Efforts to End Violence Against Children Act introduced in the House, and to get the Ending Violence Against Children resolution passed in the Senate. It is critical for the United States to provide high-level leadership and coordination around these efforts.

 

Strengthening Efforts to End Violence Against Children Act:

House:

Date Introduced: --

Number of Cosponsors: --

 

Senate:

Date Introduced: --

Number of Cosponsors: --

Ending Violence Against Children Resolution:

House:

Date Introduced: March 14, 2019

Number of Cosponsors: 63

Date Passed: March 3, 2020

 

Senate:

Date Introduced: March 14, 2019

Number of Cosponsors: 21

 

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Learn more about H.Res. 230 and S.Res. 112 condemning violence against children.

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(Last Updated 9/1/20)