Senate Introduces Resolution to End Violence Against Children Worldwide


  • Resolution condemns violence against children globally and calls for a solution.
Group of children sitting outside, listening to a World Vision staff member.
Children affected by the 2018 earthquake attend Child-Friendly Spaces in Sembalun Bumbung Village on Lombok island, Indonesia. in 2018. Activities for the children included singing, games, and drawing. (©2018 World Vision/photo by Adi Hutomo)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 16, 2018)  –  ChildFund, Futures Without Violence, Save the Children and World Vision applaud today’s introduction of S.Res. 606 by Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas and Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, calling on Congress to recognize the harmful impact that violence has on the healthy development of children and youth. S.Res. 606 condemns all forms of violence against children and youth globally – including physical, mental and sexual violence, neglect, abuse, maltreatment and exploitation. The introduction of the resolution lays the groundwork for future leadership and coordination across the U.S. government on this issue.

“Congress and the State Department have been working on multiple fronts to promote global economic development,” Boozman said, “but failure to address violence against children — horrific acts like trafficking and child labor as well as proximity to violent conflicts — threatens to undermine those efforts every step of the way. Senate passage of this bipartisan resolution would send a strong message that having a plan to end violence against children must be a priority in our global development strategy.”

“One measure of our common humanity is how we care for and support our children,” Cardin said. “In too many ways, we have come up short, particularly when it comes to protecting them from violence and keeping them safe. Senate passage of this resolution would encourage the U.S. government to create and begin implementing a strategy to prevent, address and end violence against children and youth globally, in line with the international standards and Sustainable Development Goals the international community aspires toward.”

Annually, more than 1 billion children worldwide are exposed to violence in their homes, schools and communities, according to World Health Organization reports. In schools, 246 million boys and girls experience gender-based violence, with girls at a higher risk of sexual violence, harassment and exploitation. School-related gender-based violence is a major obstacle to ensuring that all girls access basic education. Around the world, nearly one in three adolescent girls aged 15 to 19 have been victims of violence.  Left unaddressed, exposure to violence can impact a child’s learning, behavior and health for a lifetime.

The S.Res. 606 calls upon the U.S. government to develop and implement a coordinated strategy built upon evidence-based practices to reduce rates of violence against children, including the INSPIRE package of interventions developed by the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control, the President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief, the United States Agency for International Development, the World Bank and others. S.Res. 606 also calls for common metrics and indicators that can be used by U.S. government agencies to monitor progress toward preventing, addressing and ending violence against children and youth globally.

About World VisionWorld Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization conducting relief, development, and advocacy activities in its work with children, families, and their communities in nearly 100 countries to help them reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

About ChildFund International: ChildFund International partners with communities throughout Asia, Africa and the Americas — including the United States – to create lasting, positive change for children. Our programs address the underlying conditions that prevent children and youth from achieving their full potential. Last year, we reached 11.4 million children and family members. Approximately 200,000 Americans support our work by sponsoring individual children or investing in ChildFund programs.

About Futures Without Violence: Futures Without Violence is a health and social justice nonprofit with a simple mission: to heal those among us who are traumatized by violence today — and to create healthy families and communities free of violence tomorrow. From domestic violence and child abuse, to bullying and sexual assault, our groundbreaking programs, policy development, and public action campaigns are designed to prevent and end violence against women and children around the world.

About Save the Children: Save the Children believes every child deserves a future.  In the United States and around the world, we work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm.  When crisis strikes, and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave.  We ensure children’s unique needs are met and their voices are heard.  We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach.  We do whatever it takes for children — every day and in times of crisis — transforming their lives and the future we share.  In 2016, Save the Children reached more than 157 million children, including more than 56 million children directly. We worked in 120 countries, including the United States, where we reached 683,000 children.