Each year, 10 to 20% of children worldwide are victims of sexual abuse and exploitation. While we may believe we are protecting our children when we warn them about “stranger danger,” over 90% of cases show that the offender is known to the child. This could be a family member, a coach or an adult who the child trusts and loves. The effects of childhood abuse have reverberations in adulthood through mental health challenges, substance abuse disorders, among others.
Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden founded the World Childhood Foundation 20 years ago and said “I have founded an organization. My biggest wish is to shut it down soon.” With these words, we have worked tirelessly to implement our vision of a world that ensures all children have a safe and loving childhood, free from violence and sexual abuse through advocacy, thought leadership and as a program funder.
We wish our organization was not needed. As long as children are subject to violence and sexual abuse, our work remains unfinished.
Our ThankYou Gala is the annual fundraiser for the World Childhood Foundation USA’s programs. The 2019 Gala, marking our 20th Anniversary, will take place on October 1st at The Plaza Hotel. Her Majesty Queen Silvia and Her Royal Highness Princess Madeleine will be in attendance. As our Gateway family, we hope you will join us at the Gala and buy a ticket or table, and/or make a donation.
The proceeds from the Gala will benefit several innovative programs in the US that raise awareness, support survivors and prevent child sexual abuse and exploitation.
To learn more about the work of Childhood, to purchase tickets and tables or to make a donation, please visit our website www.childhood-usa.org.
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