Angelina Jolie Urges For Protection Of Vulnerable Children During Coronavirus Pandemic

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Actress Angelina Jolie has urged for protection of children amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Jolie pointed out that although children are not as susceptible to COVID-19 as adults, they are “especially vulnerable to so many of the secondary impacts of the pandemic on society” in an op-ed published Thursday in Time magazine.

While many schools across America remain closed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, children are stuck at home.

“Isolating a victim from family and friends is a well-known tactic of control by abusers. This means necessary social distancing could inadvertently fuel a direct rise in trauma and suffering for vulnerable children. There are already reports of a surge in domestic violence around the world, including violent killings.” (RELATED: Angelina Jolie Donates $1 Million To Fight Child Hunger During Coronavirus Pandemic)

“It comes at a time when children are deprived of the very support networks that help them cope: from their friends and trusted teachers to after-school activities and visits to a beloved relative’s house that provide an escape from their abusive environment,” she added.

Jolie linked to a report published by the New York Times claiming instances of domestic abuse have risen worldwide since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

“It is often said that it takes a village to raise a child,” she wrote. “It will take an effort by the whole of our country to give children the protection and care they deserve.”