Protecting Children from Sexual Violence - A Comprehensive Approach



Date of publication:  19 Aug 2011 Publisher:  Council of Europe Publication type:  Report / Study / Data

As part of its One in Five campaign, the Council of Europe has produced this publication examining sexual violence against children in Europe from legal, policy, social, research and advocacy perspectives. A focus on children’s participation, child helplines, improved training for relevant professionals, appropriate sex education, and public-private partnerships to prevent child sexual exploitation and trafficking are recommended. The specific vulnerability of children with disabilities to sexual abuse due to frequent separation from family and lower perceived credibility when reporting sexual abuse is discussed. The publication also includes strategies to help child victims of sexual abuse recover, such as the establishment of specialized Children’s Houses and ensuring children are provided with accurate and honest information about their rights, the legal process and available services. Further research to gain a more accurate overview of the scope of the problem in Europe is needed.

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