Why are international communities especially vulnerable?

Diverse cultural norms and varying national laws addressing physical and sexual abuse add complexity and uncertainty when serving an international community. As part of the International Task Force, a survey of 716 international educators identified cultural differences as the #1 barrier to identifying and reporting abuse. Almost half of the educators reported they lack confidence in their abilities to detect abuse.

Globally across cultures, child sexual abuse is not addressed openly or effectively. Too often, the signs of abuse go unrecognised. It is historically under-reported: experts tell us that only 5% of sexual abuse incidents are reported to authorities and of those, only 7% result in a criminal conviction.

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