18 November: End Child Sex Abuse Day – 2021 Edition

Making the circle of trust truly safe for children

Each year, the Council of Europe invites its partners to focus on a specific topic on the occasion of the European Day.

The 2021 edition of the European Day focuses on “Making the circle of trust truly safe for children”. The Council of Europe partners with a wide audience to celebrate the European Day including member states, civil society organisations and national parliaments. This webpage provides access to the various initiatives organised by these partners (displayed below under Activities) allowing all to share their products to generate good practices.

The vast majority of child sexual abuse occurs in the child’s circle of trust. When the harm is done by a person they know, admire, trust and even love, children find it particularly difficult to disclose and overcome the abuse. During the lockdowns imposed to contain the spread of the Covid-19, children closed in with their abusers had even less chances to seek help. When abuse in the child’s circle of trust is reported, the victim and the family often go through an ordeal because of ill-coordinated and poorly prepared justice and social services. But this is not a fatality.

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Fonte: www.coe.int

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