WORLD CHILDHOOD FOUNDATION USA IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE OF:

THE US PILOT OUT OF THE SHADOWS INDEX

Developed by Economist Impact, this first-of-its-kind report focused on the US,  is designed to help uncover how states are tackling Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (CSEA) both in person and online. The study builds on the Global Out of the Shadows Index that was first released in 2019, and updated in September 2022. The US ranked 6th in the global study in 2019, and devastatingly dropped to 13th in 2022. The US Pilot Out of the Shadows Index reflects our efforts to turn this tide.

CSEA is a preventable, not an inevitable problem.

Together, we can create a country where every child is free of CSEA. Please support our work as we combat child sexual abuse and exploitation throughout the US.

Using 182 metrics aggregated into 22 indicators and 4 pillars, the report analyzed 12 US states and found substantial gaps in each of the 12 states to protect children from CSEA. The gaps differ from state to state, but there is a common thread: the prevention and response systems do not consistently place the interests and needs of the child at its core. 

Scored 0-100, where 100 = best. 
Three states were chosen from each of the four US Census regions, based on size and gross domestic product (GDP). 

The report is designed to assess individual states’ efforts to combat CSEA in four key areas;
Legal Framework, Policies & Programs Toward Prevention, Proviusions of Support Services/Response for Victims, and Justice Process for Victims

To read more, click on any of the PDFs below to read, save, or print the reports.

U.S. Pilot Report

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U.S. Pilot Methodology Paper

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WE INVITE YOU TO READ THE FULL REPORT AND DIVE FURTHER INTO THE DATA AT THE US PILOT OUT OF THE SHADOWS INDEX WEBSITE