One in Five

Overarching messages



About ONE in FIVE children falls victim to sexual violence. This child needs assistance. YOU could be the one who helps.

Sexual violence can take many forms, including sexual abuse within the family circle, child prostitution, and pornography, corruption of children and solicitation of children through the Internet. The  Lanzarote Convention has identified the measures needed to stop these from happening. They must now be implemented.


About ONE in FIVE children falls victim to sexual violence. This child is weighed down by a terrible secret. YOU could be the one who listens and helps.

In the vast majority of cases a child abuser is someone the child knows and trusts. Sexually abused children often take refuge in silence because they feel shame, guilt and fear. Some child victims are so young that they don't understand what is happening to them. We have to make sure that children know how and where to seek help, and we need to be prepared to help them.


About ONE in FIVE children falls victim to sexual violence. These children are lost. YOU could be the one who points them in the right direction.

Sexually abused children suffer more than an intolerable violation of their physical integrity: their mental health can also be affected and their bonds of trust with adults destroyed. Child victims of sexual violence have the right to justice and to adequate psychological and medical treatment.