WCC Supports New Campaign Against Sexual Abuse. 10/03/2016
Published at Oikoumene
The World Council of Churches' commitment to child rights and gender justice is manifested by its support for Together for Girls' Every Hour Matters campaign, which was launched earlier this week. The campaign aims to increase awareness of the critical importance of quickly accessing post-rape care.
Together for Girls is a global public-private partnership dedicated to ending violence against children, with a focus on sexual violence against girls. The organization claims that one in three women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual violence. Surveys estimate that 25 per cent of girls' first sexual encounters were forced, the majority of which occurred before the age of 16, and that less than five per cent of sexually abused girls and boys ever obtained services to help them recover.
Together for Girls' mission, as described on the organization's website, is to mobilize and sustain a global movement to end such deep human rights violations, public health impacts and the long term individual and social consequences associated with violence against children, especially sexual violence against girls.