DISPLACED CHILDREN ARE MORE VULNERABLE TO SEXUAL ABUSE
series: PREVENTING SEXUAL ABUSE by meera seshadri
Children coming from refugee camps or living in refugee camps as a result of being displaced don't have a sense of rootedness; politically or environmentally. They don't have a sense of routine that holds and protects them in the community. For example, school or role models that they can look up to. These are all potential vulnerabilities for a child.
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It's important that caregivers understand that even if they hadn't experienced violence themselves as a result of their current circumstance, that they are more open and vulnerable to being preyed upon or being targeted by someone who may be looking for this opportunity.
Screening for caregivers is important and that you make sure that their intentions and skillset in coming to that safe haven is specific and necessary for the children to be there.
Meera is a health communications specialist, researcher, and activist working at the intersection of gender-based violence prevention and sexual health promotion. She has spent over a decade working to increase access to, and utilization of, comprehensive...
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sexual health resources for adolescents in communities worldwide, developing violence prevention and education programs at Emory, Georgetown, and Harvard Universities and working as a consultant and curriculum development specialist for Soteria Solutions, the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the World Bank.
She is passionate about confronting the ideological and institutional challenges that affect young people's health, wellness, and autonomy. Meera works in coalition with university, non-profit, corporate, and community stakeholders to create policies and environments that prioritize gender equity, intersectionality, and social justice.