Children’s vulnerability to sexual violence during COVID-19 in Kenya: recommendations for the future

Laura Stevens, James Rockey, Sarah Rockowitz, Wangu Kanja, Melissa Fay Colloff, Heather D Flowe

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Abstract

This article discusses the latest research that reveals that children seem to be facing new risks of sexual violence in Kenya during the COVID-19 pandemic. Patterns of sex offending against children coinciding with the implementation of lockdowns, curfews, and school closures may be shifting since the pandemic began. In particular, emerging evidence from Kenya suggests that child victims are younger, more likely to be victimized by a neighbor in a private residence, and in the daytime, compared to pre-pandemic. We conclude that situational crime prevention strategies that focus on providing alternative safe venues to reduce offending opportunities must be a central part of a public health approach to reduce children’s vulnerability during crises such as COVID-19.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPsyArXiv
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Feb 2021

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Kenya
  • Public Health Approach
  • Sexual Violence
  • Situational Crime Prevention
  • Versatility

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