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

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2019 Date18 November 2019
2020 Date18 November 2020
European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse

European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse History

European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse is a day dedicated to raising public awareness of child sexual exploitation and abuse in order to prevent these occurrences while promoting open discussion on the topic. It is a basic human right for a child to feel safe. Sexual exploitation and abuse are gross violations of a child's human rights.

European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse was first organised by the Council of Europe in 2015in the hopes of building on the work of the One In Five Campaign to stop sexual abuse against children. The day also offers the Council of Europe the chance to explain how it works to protect the rights on the child. The day was announced to catalyse efforts to prevent these heinous crimes and protect victims. European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse is observed on November 18.

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European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse Facts & Quotes

  • The Lanzarote Convention (or the Council of Europe Convention on Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse) requires the criminalisation of all kinds of sexual offences against children. All 47 Council of Europe states have signed the Convention.
  • Sexual abuse (20.7%) is second only to physical abuse (28.3%) in prevalence according to a study from the CDC/Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences study
  • A person's a person, no matter how small. — Dr. Seuss
  • No violence against children is justifiable; all violence against children is preventable - United Nations Global Study on Violence Against Children, 2006
  • Sexual assault against children is an urgent human rights issue and fighting it should be a political priority - Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, 2011

European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse Top Events and Things to Do

  • Volunteer your time or make a donation to one of the numerous charities that work to protect vulnerable children. They run emergency phone lines and offer care to those in danger. Barnardo’s in the UK, ChildRight in the Netherlands or Save The Children (global) are well-known organizations that could use your help.
  • Learn to recognise the signs of abuse and report them if you suspect someone might be in danger. The NSPCC lists the following as some recognisable sings.
    Recognisable signs include:
    1) Poor appearance and hygiene
    2) Poor language or social skills
    3) Inadequate clothing- e.g. not having a warm coat in winter
  • Tweet using the hashtag #everydaysexism to draw awareness to the ingrained prejudices women face everyday.
  • Learn more about this difficult subject by reading some books about abuse survivors stories. Some of our top picks: Secret Survivors: Uncovering Incest and Its Aftereffects in Women - E. Sue Blume, The Courage to Heal - Ellen Bass and Laura Davis, Healing the Child Within - Charles L. Whitfield M.D.
  • Watch a film that touches on the troubling topics of sex slavery and human trafficking. Some popular films include, Not My Life (2010), Redlight (2009), Lilya-4-Ever and Call + Response (2008).

European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse - References and Related Sites

Child Abuse Stats
European Council: Lanzarote Convention
European Council: Children

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