Support Children's Right to Freedom from Sexual Violence

Take Action for Children’s Rights on World Day of Prayer and Action for Children (Nov. 20) and World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse (Nov. 19)

This week the world marks two important days to recognize support for a child’s right to freedom from sexual abuse and other violence:  November 20th is World Day of Prayer and Action for Children in honor of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and November 19th is World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse.

Childhoods Free From Abuse

In honor of these occasions, Stop It Now! is pleased to announce the launch of a formal collaboration with the Centre for Applied Childhood Studies at the University of Huddersfield (UK).  We also invite the global community to a webcast on “Competing Meanings of Childhood and Implications for Child Sexual Abuse Prevention” for December 7, 2010 by Centre Research Associate, Dr. Dominic Pasura.  Stop It Now!'s  collaboration with the University of Huddersfield spans a range of research and practice initiatives in several parts of the world.

The Rights of a Child

Since 1995, Stop It Now! has been working to secure every child’s right to freedom from violence by working to prevent sexual abuse.  As our work and visibility grows outside the US, it is imperative to act on our commitment to globally support human rights for children.

“In my conversations with child advocates in countries where the Convention on the Rights of the Child has been ratified, the negative impacts forecast by some US critics have not been realized,”  states Deborah Donovan Rice, Executive Director of Stop It Now!. “What I hear about is the usefulness of having a framework that makes clear what is meant by children’s rights.”

Join us by signing a petition for United States' ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.  

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was adopted in 1989 and since 193 countries have ratified it. However, the United States and Somalia have not.  As noted by the Campaign for U.S. Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the CRC lays out children’s rights using this framework:  the right to survival; the right to develop to the fullest potential; the right to protection from abuse, neglecti, and exploitation; and the right to participate in family, cultural, and social life. The Convention expressly recognizes that parents have the most important role in the bringing up children.

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