End Child Sex Abuse Day

Sunday, 18 November 2018 is the European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse. Organised by the Council of Europe (CoE), it aims to raise public awareness of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children, and the need to prevent such acts.

In response to these crimes, the CoE's Committee of Ministers adopted a Convention, which entered into force in 2010, and launched the ONE in FIVE Campaign to stop sexual violence against children, eventually resulting in 2015 in the organisation of the first European Day for the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse.
 
Apart from the awareness-raising purpose of the event, the CoE also seeks to create an "open discussion on the protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse and help prevent and eliminate the stigmatisation of the victims" and to pursue the "ratification and implementation of the Lanzarote Convention, a unique legally-binding instruments that obliges Parties to criminalise all forms of sexual abuse of children and spells out the ways to fight it".
 
To see which countries have ratified the Lanzarote Convention or not, you can have a look at this map of the Lanzarote Convention on the website of the CoE.
 
End Child Sex Abuse Day is organised in a decentralised way. The activities are organised by CoE member States and civil society. Please find general awareness-raising material for children, parents, authorities and parliaments, and professionals working with children on the CoE website.
 
The 2018 topic, "The protection of children against sexual abuse in sport", resonates with the events of this past year. The CoE thereby aims to "encourage interaction, in particular, between children and parents, educators, sports clubs, associations and federations; athletes and coaches, and other professionals". For this purpose, the CoE has launched a campaign calling on public authorities and the sport movement to take concrete measures to end sexual abuse, called "Start to talk". It includes an infographic page, a training kit for sport professionals, a postcard, a brochure, an online resource centre, and a video which you can watch below.
 

INHOPE Hotlines are an essential element of the fight against the sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children by offering the public a way of anonymously reporting internet material, including child sexual abuse material (CSAM), they suspect to be illegal. The work of the hotlines focuses on tackling criminally illegal content and activity online, such as child sexual abuse material (CSAM), online grooming by paedophiles, and hate speech. When something is reported, the hotlines ensure the matter is investigated and, if found to be illegal, the information is passed to the relevant law enforcement agency (LEA) and in many cases the internet service provider (ISP) hosting the content.
 
For more information on the activities of the INHOPE Hotlines, read the hotline updates on the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) portal, the INHOPE 2017 Annual report, or visit the INHOPE website.
 
If you want to know more about the European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, visit the CoE website and follow @CoE_StartToTalk on Twitter.
 
More generally, find out more information about the work of Safer Internet Centres (SICs) throughout Europe, including their awareness raising, helpline, hotline and youth participation services.

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