End Child Sex Abuse Day 2020

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Sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children can happen online, on a phone, on the streets or through a webcam, at home or at school. It can be inflicted by someone in the child’s circle of trust or even a complete stranger and can cause lifelong damage to the child’s physical and mental health.

To prevent these crimes, prosecute the perpetrators and protect the victims, society as a whole needs to make sure it does not shy away from the problem, but brings it to light and discusses ways and takes practical steps to solve it. In this context, the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers adopted a pioneering Convention and launched a campaign to stop sexual violence against children. In 2015, it decided to go one step further by setting up the first European Day for the Protection of Children Against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, also known as End Child Sex Abuse Day.

The European Day follows the important work and impact resulting from the recently-completed Council of Europe ONE in FIVE Campaign to stop sexual violence against children. Its annual objectives are to:
- raise public awareness.
- open discussion.
- ratify and implement the Lanzarote Convention.

See the Council of Europe website for further information.

Here on the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) portal, we’ll be looking at the role of European hotlines, coordinated by INHOPE, in combatting this issue. Come back nearer the time to read more.

End Child Sex Abuse Day 2020