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United For Boys

United For Boys is a global campaign to change the way society tackles sexual violence affecting boys. It combines public awareness-raising with systemic change. It calls on everybody – women and girls, men and boys, professionals and the public, young and old – to be a part of building a brighter future for boys, and for everyone. Together, we are stronger.

 

The challenge

All around the world, millions of children – girls and boys alike – are affected by sexual abuse, exploitation and harmful behaviours. All children deserve a childhood free of these threats.

Extensive research has shown us that – whilst girls continue to be the group principally affected by sexual violence (including sexual abuse, exploitation and harmful sexual behaviour), it is also a large-scale problem for boys. In fact, it is estimated to affect 1 in 6 worldwide. Evidence also leads us to believe that boys significantly under-report their experiences, so it could be even higher.

 

Our United For Boys Campaign and Charter calls on professionals to stand against sexual violence affecting boys by signing out Charter. 

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Standing together against sexual violence

We’re calling out for organisations to commit to changing the situation regarding sexual violence affecting boys to sign up to our United For Boys Charter.

We’ve already supported members to research sexual violence affecting boys in several countries, and this led to our recent report, Caring For Boys Affected by Sexual Violence. Based on this, we have developed six evidence-based principles to better support boys.

The Charter’s six commitments are:

  1. Raising awareness of sexual violence affecting boys amongst professionals who works with children, and committing to develop an organisational strategy for proactively building staff’s knowledge and skills so they feel informed and equipped to best support them.
  2. Ensuring that all services that can support boys are designed and managed in ways that make them feel included, accepted and welcome; by taking the time to actively understand and take into account their needs and wishes
  3. Providing easily accessible, appropriate and high quality information to help educate children and families on sex, sexual health, sexuality and internet safety; and ensuring that this includes information relating to sexual violence affecting boys
  4. Advocating for changes in the law that could ensure that boys affected by sexual violence are better protected and supported, and that victims are not criminalised
  5. Changing the conversation around our culturally-embedded harmful social norms around gender
  6. Challenging damaging narratives around sexual violence affecting boys, including in the media; and offering support on how to better frame the issue

 

From commitment to change

After signing, organisations will be able to access tailored support and guidance from Family for Every Child; as well as being able to publicly display their commitment to tackling sexual violence affecting boys by using our campaign materials and badge.

 

Sign up to the Charter

To learn more about the Charter, and the support you could access as a signatory organisation, download our information pack or contact us.

 

Other ways to support the Campaign

Do you want to play a part in breaking down the cultural barriers that stop boys from identifying, coming forward and seeking help after becoming victims of sexual violence?

There are things you can do:

  • Give your friends and family an opportunity to learn more about the issue by sharing this page
  • Start a conversation about what is needed to better support male survivors of sexual abuse in your networks
  • Follow us on FacebookTwitter, Instagram and LinkedIn and keep an eye out for more updates on the campaign
  • Subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter here to get more in-depth look at the work we are doing and how you can participate
  • Donate to Family

 

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