Sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children are still a tragic reality for all societies, including the Republic of Moldova. They are a serious violation of children’s rights, and have long lasting and often detrimental consequences for their entire life. To prevent these crimes, prosecute the perpetrators and protect the victims, the Council of Europe and its member States need to make sure that parents, educators, NGOs and decision-makers do not shy away from the problem, but bring it to light and discuss ways and take practical steps to solve it.
In this context, the Council of Europe celebrates annually on 18 November the European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, which aims to: raise public awareness of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children, and the need to prevent such acts; facilitate open discussion on the protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse and help prevent and eliminate the stigmatization of victims; and promote the implementation of the Lanzarote Convention – a unique legally-binding instrument that obliges states to criminalise all forms of sexual abuse of children and spells out the ways to fight it.
On this occasion, today, the National Centre for Child Abuse Prevention with the financial support of the Council of Europe project on Protecting children from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse in the Republic of Moldova launched the mobile "Offline exhibition on the online environment or how we can prevent online sexual abuse against children". The event took place within the Parliament hall and was attended by representatives of the Parliament, central public authorities, diplomatic corps and civil society organisations.
The exhibition is mobile and will be exhibited consecutively, until June 2020, in 12 localities of the country: Chisinau (the municipal library "B.P.Hasdeu"), Balti, Ungheni, Singerei, Comrat, Ceadir-Lunga, Orhei, Straseni, Leova, Hincești, Causeni and Criuleni.
The mobile exhibition is part of a series of activities which will be implemented by National Centre for Child Abuse Prevention with the support of the Council of Europe, in order to raise public awareness of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children, and the need to prevent such acts.