“We are brave so that children can be safe.”
The Brave Movement is a powerful and global survivor-centered movement to end childhood sexual violence in our country and around the globe.
The UN Convention for the Rights of the Child includes The Rights to Safety/Freedom from Violence. Article 19 – Protection from Violence, Abuse, and Neglect states:
- State Parties shall take all appropriate legislative, administrative, social, and educational measures to protect the child from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, while in the care of parent(s), legal guardian(s) or any other person who has the care of the child.
- Such protective measures should, as appropriate, include effective procedures for the establishment of social programs to provide necessary support for the child and for those who have the care of the child, as well as for other forms of prevention and for identification, reporting, referral, investigation, treatment and follow-up of instances of child maltreatment described heretofore, and as appropriate, for judicial involvement.
The Brave Movement was launched in February 2022, to demand bold and transformative action from leaders of governments and institutions around the globe to support the rapid scaling up of comprehensive programs of prevention, healing and justice.
to protect current and future generations
for victims, survivors, and their families.
for perpetrators and the complicit.
Supporters can join the movement via the email sign up and choose from a range of actions, including signing petitions and writing to U.S. elected officials to urge their support of the U.S. National Blueprint to End Sexual Violence Against Children and Adolescents.
- Watch the inspiring video of the #BeBrave Global Survivors Summit held in April 2022.
- Sign the Global Demand for Change that includes:
- Abolition of civil/criminal Statute of Limitations (SOL) laws worldwide;
- Investment of billions to support prevention healing and justice programs and policies; and
- Demand that technology companies immediately detect, report, and remove all online childhood sexual violence materials.
- Check out the National Calls to Action developed by survivors for each of 22 countries.
- Learn about the commitment of leaders at the G7 Summit in June 2022 in Germany to support global efforts to end sexual violence against children and adolescents.
Brave Movement in Massachusetts
In 2022/2023, Enough Abuse will work to establish the Brave Movement in Massachusetts. We will reach out to engage more survivors who are ready to share their experiences and their energy to demand bold action from community, state and national leaders to end sexual violence against children.
Since its launch in 2002, the Enough Abuse Campaign has been a home and safe haven for those who have experiences childhood sexual abuse and for their families and allies. Together survivor/advocates and Enough Abuse have worked together to develop cutting-edge prevention resources to educate and engage others in the movement to end child sexual abuse. Together we led the successful effort to reform civil and criminal Statute of Limitations laws that are now working to provide justice for survivors and accountability for abusers.
Working together, we will push for new legislation to require training of school and youth organization employees about how to prevent sexual abuse and to strengthen prevention policies in those institutions. Work to increase penalties for persons in positions of authority in schools and other institutions who violate our trust and our children. We will support bold actions to prevent online sexual exploitation of our children and hold accountable social media platforms and technical companies that provide havens for sexual predators.
Watch this space for developments.
Whether you identify as a victim, survivor, or as someone working through the trauma of sexual abuse, know that you are not alone, you are not to blame for what happened, and support is available to help you on your journey to healing.
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