The issue

Sexual violence affects boys, too.

WE CAN BETTER PROTECT BOYS FROM sexual abuse, assault and exploitation.

AND it starts with changing attitudes.

Sexual violence

affects boys, too.

Around the world, 1 in 13 boys experiences sexual abuse. Many more are exploited or exposed to inappropriate sexual materials.These experiences have long-term negative consequences on boys’ health and wellbeing. Effects can be felt throughout society.

That’s why, on April 16th every year, we’re drawing attention to this issue.

 

There’s more we can do to prevent and protect boys

from sexual violence – both online and offline.

We need better data around sexual violence affecting boys, so that the scale of the issue is better understood and resources and be directed appropriately.

On Blue Umbrella Day, we remind the world that boys need access to support and services that can help them recover, too.

Boys affected by sexual violence

need better support and services to help them recover.

By challenging existing taboos and harmful social norms around sexual violence and ‘being a man’, we can encourage more boys to speak more comfortably about this issue and how it might affect them.

As adults, we can do more to help boys stay safe and to ask for support if they need it.

Boys who experience sexual violence are

Far less likely than girls to ask for help

More likely to have problems in future relationships

NEGATIVELY imPACTED PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY

Words can change

The world

Changing the way we teach boys could help them avoid harm in their life, and to ask for help when they need it. 

On Blue Umbrella Day, we ask everyone to share these key messages.

– Sexual violence affects boys, too.

– There’s more we can do to prevent and protect boys from sexual violence, both online and offline.

– Boys affected by sexual violence need better support and services to help them recover.