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Council of Europe campaign to stop sexual violence against children – One in five

The main goal of the campaign is motivating the adoption, ratification and implementation of the Council of Europe Convention from Lanzarote (2007) on the Protection of children against sexual exploitation and abuse.

Campaign ‘Stop Sexual Violence Against Children’ officially started with the high level launching event in Rome on 29 and 30 November 2010. Assoc. Prof. Gordana Buljan Flander, Ph. D. and Bruna Profaca, Ph. D. from the Child Protection Center of Zagreb were invited by the Council of Europe.

This event was organised by the Council of Europe and the Italian Ministry of Equal Opportunities. The President of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano’s attendance at the opening attributed this Conference a great symbolic and formal significance. It was officially opened by the Minister Maria Rosaria Carfagma of the Ministry of Equal Opportunities, Italy, and Maud de Boer Buqucchio, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

The main goal of the campaign is motivating the adoption, ratification and implementation of the Council of Europe Convention from Lanzarote (2007) on the Protection of children against sexual exploitation and abuse. Besides that, campaign aims at empowering children, parents, professionals and the society on the whole, with necessary knowledge and tools to prevent, as well as encourage the restraint and reporting of child sexual abuse and increase public awareness of this problem in general.

This campaign addresses local, national and international executive authorities, legislators, professionals, children, families, institutions and communities, all parties involved in children’s rights, government and non-government institutions, public and private sectors, media, everybody who may contribute.

The campaign is based on the understanding that every fifth child in Europe is in some way sexually abused, this being in accordance with the official title of the campaign “ONE IN FIVE”/”UN SUR CINQ”. “JEDNO OD PET ” (“ONE IN FIVE”/”UN SUR CINQ” ).

Presentation of the campaign was delivered in two days:

- The first day, the campaign, accompanying materials, posters, films and picture-books for children were presented. A TV spot designed by the Grey agency from Amsterdam was played. During this first day, statements and support to the campaign were given by representatives of many countries, relevant ministries, Council of Europe organisations, UN, Children Ombudsman network and others.

- The second day, there was a professional program in four sessions. The speakers were leading professional authorities from various European institutions, government and non-government organisations.

Assoc. Prof. Gordana Buljan Flander, Ph. D. the Principal of the Child Protection Center of Zagreb spoke about ‘Co-ordination of professionals tackling child sexual abuse: good practices from Croatia’ in the session ‘Helping children – victims of sexual abuse’. All activities of the Center were presented: working with children, as well as education and co-ordination of professionals at all levels of prevention. This model of work has been recognised as efficient and in concordance with what this Council of Europe Campaign promotes.

More about the Campaign

Conclusions of the Rome conference