Sexual exploitation of children

Protecting childrenStatistics indicate that in western democracies approximately one in ten children or young adults is the victim of some form of sexual abuse. Sexual abuse against children occurs in various forms: incest, pornography, prostitution, human trade and sexual aggression. All of these carry very serious physical and psychological consequences for children.

In July 2007, the Council of Europe adopted the Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse. This instrument is the first to establish the various forms of sexual abuse of children as criminal offences, including such abuse committed in the home or the family. The convention fills the gaps in European legislation and harmonises the legal framework to fight against this plague.

The programme ''Building a Europe for and with Children'' completes this legal approach. Its objective is the promotion of children's rights and their protection against all forms of violence.

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Convention on Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse comes into force on 1 July 2010

This new Council of Europe convention to combat sexual violence against children is the first international instrument to tackle all forms of sexual violence against children, including abuse perpetrated within the family environment. Apart from sexual abuse, child prostitution and pornography and coercing children into participating in pornographic performances, the convention also deals with grooming and sex tourism. For Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Deputy Secretary General, sexual violence against children is a crime against childhood. She stressed that definite actions are needed to prevent, condemn and punish abuses, help children to protect and express themselves, and give victims a chance to overcome their trauma. ''This is necessary, feasible and urgent.'' (more ...)

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28-29 October, Warsaw: Conference on protecting children from sexual exploitation and abuse

Organised within the framework of the Joint Project with the EU on strengthening and protecting women’s and children’s rights in Ukraine (TRES Project), the conference aimed at examining the existing tools on the international level to protect children in line with the Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse. (more ...)

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"Building a Europe for and with Children"
Implemented further to the 3rd Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe (Warsaw 2005), the principle aim of this initiative is to help all decision makers and players concerned to design and implement national strategies in the social, judicial, educational and health domains.

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