Cape Town – Boys are overlooked when it comes to cases of sexual abuse and exploitation.
This is highlighted in the report “Out of the Shadows: Shining light on the response to child sexual abuse and exploitation”, which was developed by The Economist Intelligence Unit with support from the World Childhood Foundation, the Oak Foundation and the Carlson Family Foundation.
The report found child sexual abuse and exploitation was a pressing concern for countries.
“Girls are the primary victims, and boys are overlooked. Just over half - 21 of the 40 countries - have legal protections for boys within their child rape laws, while only 18 countries collect prevalence data about the sexual abuse of boys. Just five collect prevalence data for boys related to child sexual exploitation.”
While statistics on boys is lacking, the research showed that 120 million boys, globally, had been subjected to some form of sexual abuse.