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

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  • Laura Stevens
  • Sarah Rockowitz
  • Wangu Kanja

Colleges, School and Institutes

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  • Wangu Kanja Foundation


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. The evidence suggests there have been changes in patterns of sexual offenses against children coincident with lockdowns, curfews, and school closures. 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
Article number630901
Number of pages5
JournalFrontiers in Global Women’s Health
Publication statusPublished - 24 Feb 2021


  • COVID-19, Global Women's Health, Kenya, offender versatility, public health approach, sexual violence against children, situational crime prevention