Slam the Gavel welcomes Paul Zeitz, M.D. to the show. Extremely important discussion involved, “The Brave Movement,” that will be launched in the early morning hours on March 3rd, 2022. “The Brave Movement,” is a survivor-centered global movement fighting to end childhood sexual violence.
Prevention to protect and reduce risk, Healing for victims, survivors and their families and Justice for victims and survivors as well as accountability for offenders and institutions who covered up the abuse.
It is important to know that child sexual abuse comes in all forms and it doesn’t matter of the age, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, nationality or economic status. This can happen anywhere either in homes, schools, places of worship community, sports and especially online/social media, which is unregulated and must be held accountable.
About 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 13 boys experience child sexual abuse at some point in childhood. This public health crisis has been put on the backburner for too long and was only exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Disruptions in routine, isolation, more time spent at home and online, financial insecurity, stress, and anxiety increased the risk and incidents of violence against children.
The data shows COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted communities of color, further exposing longtime racial inequities. We also know that longstanding structural barriers have made it more difficult for Black and Indigenous communities to access a variety of critical services focused on prevention, healing, and justice to end child sexual violence. In some cases, the systems designed to protect individuals and families have actually caused harm and exacerbated existing inequities.