Research on past outbreaks suggests that in times of crisis and social upheaval, the added economic burden placed on many families and caregivers can make children more vulnerable to sexual abuse. In particular, emergency measures such as school closures and loss of parental care may lead to possible risks of sexual abuse. What’s more, many of the mitigating measures adopted by countries to address crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic, have resulted in disruptions to the reporting and referral mechanisms of child protection services, leaving many children and families vulnerable.

It is urgent to raise awareness of parents, families, communities and of the general public to be ALERT to potential risks of sexual abuse against children in these contexts and to detect signs of sexual abuse for those children who are at risk and REPORT any cases of sexual abuse.

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