The maltreatment of children has a multitude of short and long term repercussions and adverse effects.
Child abuse is a horrendous crime, for the vast majority of us, the mere thought of hurting a child is shocking, unthinkable, and disgusting.
However, there are far too many who don’t feel the same way as is evident in the fact that around the world millions of children become victims of child abuse.
These heinous crimes are often committed by people in positions of power, and even worse, too many times with minimal consequences.
Below, are a few global initiatives geared towards protecting children from abuse. They include;
Global Alliance against Child Sexual Abuse Online
The Global Alliance against Child Sexual Abuse Online was launched to combat online sexual crimes worldwide by uniting efforts and raising standards.
This alliance was launched on the 5th of December 2012 by the European Commission with the help of the United States.
It works with 54 countries that are committed to enhancing victim protection while identifying and punishing offenders.
Royal Commission and National Redress
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was established on the 13th of January 2013 by the Australian government as a result of the Royal Commissions Act 1902.
This commission was set up to inquire and report on responses by institutions to allegations of child sexual abuse in Australia.
Sequel to examining the history of abuse in religious, educational, sporting and state institutions, the final report of this commission was released on the 15th of December 2017 with recommendations for the National Redress Scheme.
Child Helpline International
In 2003, the premier global meeting of child helplines was held in The Netherlands. 49 child helplines from around the world came together and formed the Child Helpline International.
Today, the child helpline global network has grown into an international collective of governmental organisations and civil societies tasked daily with listening to the needs of at-risk children.
Due to the diligent work of this collective, child helpline international has grown into a network of over 180 child helplines around the world.
Out of the Shadows
Out of the shadows’ primary aim is to bring attention to the response of countries towards child exploitation and abuse.
Out of the shadows makes use of a “40-country” benchmark index to examine how countries around the world respond to the threat of sexual violence against children.
This benchmark index looks into the degree of protection a country’s constitution provides to children.
It also looks into the environments where incidents of abuse against children occur and the government’s response to them.
Futures Without Violence
The mission of Futures without Violence is very simple and straightforward. Their aim is “to heal those among us who are traumatised by violence today”.
By doing this, they hope to create communities and families free from violence in the future.
Futures without Violence deals with everything from child abuse and domestic violence, through sexual assault, all the way down to bullying.
After all, is said and done, this organisation aims to not only prevent but also end violence against children and women around the world.
World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse
The World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse was created in the year 2000. It is observed annually on November 19th.
This event is a global awareness campaign aimed towards creating a culture of preventing child abuse.
This event is held simultaneously with the Anniversary of the Convention on the Right of the Child.