The Brave Movement launches today – a global advocacy movement led by fifteen adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and allied organizations that aims to end all forms of sexual violence against children and adolescents.
The Brave Movement is taking collective action and seeking to achieve bold and transformational laws, programs and policies at both the local, national and regional level, and in global institutions within the multilateral system.
The Brave Movement is building an international advocacy movement of survivors and allies that will aim to mobilize billions for programs of prevention, healing and justice around the world; abolish Statutes of Limitation in every nation across the world; and develop a child-rights driven approach to online end-to-end encryption.
As a first step, the Brave Movement has mobilized survivor advocates and allies in advance of the G7 Summit in Germany in June 2022 with a call for a G7 survivors council, domestic resource mobilization in G7 nations and a $1bn commitment to scale prevention, healing and justice in low- and middle-income countries through a transformed End Violence Fund.
In addition, the movement has launched a Global Challenge to develop survivor-centered national calls to action leading up to a Global Survivors Action Summit on 27 April 2022 to endorse a global call to action to end childhoodsexual violence.
Catalyzed by Together for Girls with support from the Oak Foundation, The Movement launches at a pivotal moment as the Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) look to make progress towards an equitable world.
THE SCALE AND SCOPE OF THE CHALLENGE
- From 2019 to 2020 there was a 100% increase in reports from the public of online sexual exploitation
- 1 in 5 women report having been sexually abused as a child, one in ten girls under the age of 20 have experienced sexual violence and every year 12 million girls are married before their 18th birthday
- 1 in 10 men report having been sexually abused as children
- Based on data from over 20 countries, anywhere from 8% to 24% of boys experience some form of sexual violence before the age of 18
- The global economic impacts and costs resulting from the consequences of physical, psychological and sexual violence against children and adolescents can be as high as $7 trillion
Dr Daniela Ligiero, survivor and a leader in the Brave Movement said: “Childhood sexual violence is a silent global scourge. Children are exposed to sexual violence in multiple forms: child sexual abuse, incest, child sexual exploitation, rape, child marriage, sexual violence in dating relationships, and sexual violence among peers. Child marriage affects millions of girls around the world, and sexual violence and abuse occurs in families, communities, schools, sports programs, places of worship, and online. Children and adolescents of every age, race, ethnicity, caste, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity are impacted. Progress is slow: more urgent action is needed, now!”
Dr Paul Zeitz, survivor and a leader in the Brave Movement explained why survivors and allies are crucial to the Movement: “Survivors of childhood sexual violence are pivotal to decision making for prevention, healing and justice, as our lived experience must inform all policy decisions. As survivor advocates and allies, we demand prevention to protect this and every generation to come; healing for survivors and their families; and justice for wrongdoers, the complicit, and the victimized. With the right resources, cohesive mobilization and political will, childhood sexual violence abuse can become a thing of the past.”
Rosalia Rivera, survivor and leader in the Brave Movement said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed children everywhere to an even greater risk of violence while reducing their ability to access any support. The Brave Movement will push for stronger political will, strengthen data and evidence, and better inform policy, strategy and investments across the world. We need to work with one another to shift attitudes, change behaviors, and influence corporations and governments.”
Tabitha Mpamira, survivor and leader in the Brave Movement said: “Breaking the silence is on all of us and should not be a burden placed solely on survivors. As allies, advocates, practitioners, parents, friends, community members, faith leaders, policymakers, decision-makers and researchers, we must all act with urgency, and strengthen our movement to do more for children.”
Join the Brave Movement:
The Brave Movement leadership includes SAGE: Survivor Advocates Globally Empowered and a Global Steering Group (GSG).
- Brisa De Ángulo, Bolivia
- Dr Daniela Ligiero, USA, Brazil
- ElsaMarie D’Silva, India
- Florence Keya, Kenya
- Janet Aguti, Uganda
- Dr Matthew McVarish, UK
- Miguel Hurtado, Spain
- Dr Paul Zeitz, USA
- Robert Shilling, USA
- Rosalia Rivera, El Salvador, Canada, SAGE Chair
- Professor S Caroline Taylor, AM, Australia, SAGE Vice-Chair
- Sarah Cooper, USA
- Suresh Chhetry, Nepal
- Tabitha Mpamira, Rwanda, Uganda, USA
- Wibke Muller, Germany
Global Steering Group (GSG) :
- The Army of Survivors
- Julie Ann Rivers-Cochran, MSW
- End Violence Lab at the University of Edinburgh
- Dr Catherine Maternowska
- Girls Not Brides
- Dr. Faith Mwangi-Powell
- Together for Girls
- Daniela Ligiero, GSG Chair
- Sandie Taylor, GSG Vice-Chair for Finance and Administration
- WeProtect Global Alliance
- Iain Drennan, GSG Principal Vice-Chair
- World Vision International
- Bill Forbes
- The Army of Survivors
- Global Survivors Advocacy Group (SAGE) representatives to the GSG
- Rosalia Rivera
- Professor S Caroline Taylor
- Brisa De Angulo, Esq.
- Sarah Cooper
- Florence Keya
- Movement Action Team
- Dr. Kathleen Cravero, GSG Community Manager
- Dr. Paul Zeitz, Movement Executive Coordinator (interim)