18 November: European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse

End Child Sex Abuse Day
Secretary General urges more assistance to victims
Strasbourg 17 November 2016
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18 November: European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse

Ahead of the European Day on the protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse marked on the 18th of November, Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland called on European states to step up providing assistance to survivors.

“There can be no trivial cases - any harm caused by the sexual abuse or exploitation of a child is significant and must be addressed,” Jagland said. “States should provide medical and psychological assistance to such children until they fully recover, and ensure that criminal investigations and court proceedings do not aggravate the trauma already suffered by the child.”

The consequences of sexual abuse or exploitation of children may well last into adulthood, and it is important to establish measures that would provide also those adults who were abused to reveal these facts and to receive necessary assistance. This is the key theme of the Global forum for adult survivors of childhood sexual exploitation to be convened at the Council of Europe by the NGO ECPAT International on the 18th of November.

Children in precarious life situations, including those affected by the refugee crisis, are in an especially vulnerable position. The Council of Europe’s Lanzarote Committee is currently preparing a special report examining the situation of children affected by refugee crisis in 41 states-parties to the Lanzarote Convention, highlighting promising practices, pinpointing shortcomings and recommending steps to reinforce the protection of children against sexual abuse and exploitation. (more...)

Statements by the Council of Europe officials and representatives of member States on the occasion of the European Day


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