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Общи :: Break the Silence: Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Violence of Children Could Happen Everywhere

Break the Silence: Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Violence of Children Could Happen Everywhere

Campaign posterSofia, November 18, 2020

Break the Silence: November 18 is the European Day on protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual violence.
The first thing that comes to mind when we hear ‘sexual exploitation’ is usually connected with red lanterns, streets or roads with women (and men) sex workers, trafficking of human beings. Sexual exploitation of children could have also other faces – sex services in exchange of expensive things such as smart phone or modern accessory or at the cost of a lunch, sweets or instead of rent for parents’ accommodation. It can happen via internet and to affect minors before they become teenagers. That’s why it is needed to break the silence and to ask for zero tolerance concerning this ugly phenomenon. Statistics show that one of five children becomes victim of violence, including sexual. As parents we can prevent this: we can teach them for instance on the Rule of the Bathing Suit. It says that no one has the right to touch their body, especially where the body is covered by a swimming bathing suit. Medical examinations and manipulations as well don’t have to be allowed without their informed consent. The rule helps children to understand that their bodies are their own, that there is good and bad touching, as well es personal borders and social ethnic norms.

LAP pageThe Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) together with other civic organizations and institutions since 2013 actively works on prevention and protection of children from sexual exploitation. The organizations are united in Learning Action Partnership (LAP). We are glad to present a new tool exactly on November 18 – for information and interaction with experts on the topic. Now LAP has its own resource web page that members fill with news and useful materials, organized by subject and tacticsл

Sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children can happen at home, in school, during extra curricula activities, on the streets, over the phone, through a webcam or online in general. In most cases (70 to 85%) it is inflicted by someone the child knows, from the circle of trust, and causes lifelong damage to the child’s physical and mental health. In 90% of the cases, the sexual violence acts are not reported to the police.

 

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