This 20th annual World Report summarizes human rights conditions in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide. It reflects extensive investigative work undertaken in 2009 by Human Rights Watch staff, usually in close partnership with human rights activists in the country in question.
This brief outlines the most promising local prevention strategies and policy changes to prevent child sexual abuse from happening in the first place. The recommendations are designed to shift social and cultural norms that increase the likelihood of child sexual abuse and exploitation.Sample recommendations include:
Decrease the saturation of media messages aimed at children by reviewing and rolling back the legislation that allowed advertising to children especially in children’s television programming.
Develop a rapid response media network to respond to breaking news with proactive prevention messages that incorporate an environmental and norms-based understanding of the causes and solutions of abuse.
Require staff training in organizations that work with children and youth specifically focused on developmentally appropriate sexuality and sexual behavior.With support from the Ms. Foundation, this brief is based on findings from a convening of national experts and local leaders, expert interviews, and a review of the literature.
The 123 tools contained in this Toolkit offer guidance, recommended resources, and promising practices to policymakers, law enforcers, judges, prosecutors, victim service providers and members of civil society who are working in interrelated spheres towards preventing trafficking, protecting and assisting victims and promoting international cooperation.
This site is supported by Grant/ Cooperative Agreement No. 1UF2CE002359-04 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.