European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse
In 2015, the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers adopted the Lanzarote Convention and set up the first European Day for the Protection of Children Against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse and launched a campaign to stop sexual violence against children.
The European Day follows the important work and impact resulting from the recently-completed Council of Europe ONE in FIVE Campaign to stop sexual violence against children. Its annual objectives are to:
It aims to
raise public awareness of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children, and the need to prevent such acts;
open discussion on the protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse and help prevent and eliminate the stigmatisation of victims;
the ratification and implementation of the Lanzarote Convention- a unique legally-binding instrument that obliges Parties to criminalise all forms of sexual abuse of children and spells out the ways to fight it.
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