Children who are victims of violence and sexual abuse

What do we mean by children who are victims of violence and sexual abuse?

When we speak about violence and sexual abuse, we are referring to the physical, psychological and sexual abuse of children. Child neglect is also included. We know that various types of violence are closely linked, and that children who have experienced physical violence or witnessed domestic violence are also at greater risk of sexual abuse. Earlier experience of neglect, violence and abuse may also increase the risk that a child will demonstrate violent behavior. Children who experience trauma and abuse while fleeing their home countries also belong to this target group.

What is the goal of Childhood’s work on behalf of children who are the victims of, or at risk of, sexual abuse?

Childhood’s goal is that no child will be a victim of abuse. We therefore focus as much as possible on preventive measures. For those children who have already experienced abuse, our goal is that they will receive treatment and counseling to cope with the effects of the abuse and that their parents will receive help so that they can keep their child safe

What does Childhood do?

 

It is vital that our preventive measures support early intervention to prevent neglect and other forms of child abuse. This should not be an isolated process and applies to all of Childhood’s target groups. It may include support for families at risk, or work to improve self-esteem among children and young people. To increase the chance of early detection and encourage children to dare to seek help, it is vital that knowledge and awareness of abuse and children’s rights is raised among children, parents and other adults who come into contact with children in various ways.

Children who have already experienced abuse and trauma need treatment and help to cope with the effects. They also require a safe and secure environment, where they are not made to feel guilty. An important part of this work is to ensure that the various authorities involved when a child is the victim of violence and abuse can work together in the best interests of the child. Childhood also supports a range of projects that help children when they come into contact with the legal system, which often requires that everyone involved is aware of the child’s rights and understands child development, and that the child feels comfortable throughout the process.