Strasbour, 4 October 2013 - A pilot project aimed at strengthening national policies to stop sexual violence against children, together with a video clip aimed at breaking the silence that surrounds child sexual abuse, will be presented during a series of events in Nicosia, Cyprus, from 11 to 14 October as part of the Council of Europe ONE in FIVE Campaign.
According to Stella Kyriakides (Cyprus, EPP/CD), General Rapporteur on Children of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), available data suggest that about 1 in 5 children in Europe are victims of some form of sexual violence and that in the vast majority of cases, the abuser is somebody the child knows and trusts. “In order to assess the situation in Cyprus, we have to review the existing methodologies, modalities and structures for data collection on child sexual abuse. Without accurate data we cannot guarantee that policy recommendations for legislative and institutional reforms are successful. This review is part of our pilot project and co-funded by the Leventis Foundation,” she stressed.
“The pilot project is due to be completed by April 2016 and I hope that by then my country will be in a position to ratify and implement the Lanzarote Convention, a legally-binding instrument drawn up by the Council of Europe and containing all the measures needed to prevent sexual violence, to protect children and to prosecute the abusers,” Stella Kyriakides concluded. (more...)