Angelina Jolie said in a comment published by Time Magazine on Thursday how children are at risk of abuse during the coronavirus pandemic at home.
The 44-year-old actress and activist noted that children may be “particularly vulnerable” to the “secondary” effects of the pandemic, even though they are more resistant to their physical symptoms.
“Isolating a victim from family and friends is a well-known abuse control tactic. This means that the social distancing required to stop COVID-19 inadvertently leads to a direct increase in the trauma and suffering of vulnerable children.” wrote Jolie.
Raising awareness: Angelina Jolie, 44, published a commentary in Time Magazine on Thursday about the growing domestic violence crisis for children who are isolating themselves at home amid the coronavirus pandemic. pictured in 2018
She explained that many children could be at higher risk of domestic abuse if local protection and economic uncertainty prevail.
Jolie noted that “lockdowns and home orders have resulted in job losses and economic insecurity, increased stress, pressure and insecurity for many families,” and “home stress increases the risk of domestic violence.”
She also noticed stories of increasing domestic violence around the world as people are forced to stay indoors together.
Double-edged sword: Victim isolation “is a well-known control tactic of abusers, which means that the social distancing necessary to stop COVID-19 inadvertently leads to a direct increase in trauma and suffering for vulnerable children.” wrote Jolie; Shown in 2018 on a mission of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in a refugee camp in Jordan
The impact of the pandemic can be particularly unfortunate for children, as it comes at a time when children are deprived of the support networks that help them cope: from their trusted friends and teachers to post-school sporting activities and visits to beloved relatives house that offers an escape from their abusive environment, ”she added.
Many lower-income children rely on their schools to provide meals throughout the day, but they are also a lifeline of opportunities and a protective shield that protects against violence, exploitation, and other difficult circumstances, including sexual exploitation, marriage, and child labor and domestic violence.
“It’s not just that children have lost support networks,” continued Jolie. ‘Lockdown also means fewer adult eyes for their situation. In child abuse cases, child protection services are most commonly used by third parties such as teachers, counselors, school program coordinators and trainers. “
Cut off: The actress wrote that; The impact of the pandemic would be particularly unfortunate given that children have already been disconnected from their support networks. shown in 2015
Increase: It asked concerned readers to “call family or friends, especially when we are concerned that someone is vulnerable”; pictured in 2015
The humanitarian aid and actress gave their readers some clear steps they could follow to ensure that children are safe, including “to call family or friends, especially when we are concerned that someone is vulnerable”.
She also urged readers to familiarize themselves with the signs of domestic violence in order to identify them more easily and to support local shelters for domestic violence.
“It is often said that you need a village to raise a child,” wrote Jolie. “The whole country will strive to provide the protection and care children deserve.”
She does her part: Jolie donated $ 1 million to an organization that provides children with food that is dependent on school meals. It also works with UNESCO to improve online learning worldwide. pictured in 2015
Jolie has used her fame forever. Last month, she donated $ 1 million to No Kid Hungry to distribute food to children who previously depended on school meals.
The mother of six also works with UNESCO to make online learning more accessible to quarantined children around the world.
The whole gang: Angelina pictured with her children in 2019: (L-R) Knox, 11, Vivienne, 11, Pax, 16, Shiloh, 13, Zahara, 15 and Maddox, 18