The Out of the Shadows Index for 2022 is now available, benchmarking how 60 countries are preventing and responding to child sexual exploitation and abuse. The index helps to measure, guide, and ensure that nations are addressing and achieving sub-goal 16.2 of the Global Goals.

Sweden is ranked third, but the index shows that fewer than half of the countries have a strategy to stop sexual exploitation and abuse of children. We also see that legislation to protect children from internet-related abuse lags and is weak in many countries.

Paula Guillet de Monthoux, Secretary General of the World Childhood Foundation:

“Preventing child sexual abuse is possible if we, the society as a whole, are held accountable. This is why Childhood initiated Out of the Shadows, which was first launched in 2019. It makes us happy and proud to see how it grows and lives on. The index is a tool to measure progress, to see trends but also to discern what is lacking. It shows that progress is too slow. For example, we see that far too few countries are working on perpetrator prevention and that boys remain invisible or de-prioritized.”

Read the full index, all the findings and how countries are ranked here: https://outoftheshadows.global/

For more information please contact: 
Charles Mingo Bennström, pressansvarig World Childhood Foundation 
+46(0)734 22 04 42, charles.bennstrom@childhood.org