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Senate Introduces Resolution to End Violence Against Children Worldwide

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Resolution condemns violence against children globally and calls for
a solution

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.

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.

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. Find
out more at www.ChildFund.org.

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. To learn more please visit www.futureswithoutviolence.org.

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. www.savethechildren.org.

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated
to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to
reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and
injustice. World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race,
ethnicity, or gender. For more information, please visit https://www.worldvision.org or
follow us on Twitter @WorldVisionUSA.

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