On the initiative of Mr
Michail Katrinis, contact parliamentarian to stop sexual
violence against children for Greece, an event on
children’s protection against sexual abuse and
exploitation was organised in Athens with the
cooperation of the Greek Delegation to PACE and the
Hellenic Institute of Child Health.
The event took place in the framework of the ONE in FIVE
Council of Europe Campaign to stop sexual abuse against
children and aimed to inform children, parents and
agencies, to sensitise civil society, to activate the
existing state structures and strengthen the legislative
The event was attended by actors in society and the
state such as: the Deputy Minister of Education,
Parliamentarians, Representatives of the municipalities
of Attica and the Region of Attica, state agencies and
institutions, representatives of NGOs, teachers, parents
and citizens. The inaugural speech was held by the Vice
President of the Hellenic Parliament, Ms Rodoula Zissi.
It was noted in all interventions that there is an
unsettling rise of this phenomenon, since it is
estimated that in the coming years “ONE out of FIVE”
children will fall victim to sexual abuse and
exploitation and that there is a need to effectively
tackle and prevent this. In particular, the speakers
made reference to the problems they face in their own
area of competence, calling on the state to establish a
national strategy, to co-ordinate the efforts of
individuals or institutions, to activate the existing
structure and to modernize the legal framework.
Furthermore, the civil society should contribute in a
decisive manner to the fight against the sexual abuse of
Social ads by the Council of Europe and the Institute of
Health of the Child were shown and information material
of the campaign of the Council of Europe was handed out,
adapted into Greek.
In Greece the campaign will be followed by three
regional events in 2011 in regions where there is a
statistically increased incidence or where specific
characteristics have been identified.