The Campaign "Empowering Children to Prevent Sexual Violence" of the Council of Europe's Division of Children's Rights has signed an agreement that considers CRCA / ECPAT Albania as its partner in organizing European Day activities on sexual violence against children.
This day, which will culminate on 18 November 2019, is set by the Council of Europe to raise public awareness of the prevention and protection of children from sexual exploitation and abuse. Therefore, as in all European countries and in Albania, CRCA / ECPAT Albania will commit itself to organizing various events focusing on children, empowering and raising awareness, stimulating child-led projects, participation their interactions and interactions between the children themselves. In this day, CRCA/ECPAT Albania and ANYN will organise the 2nd Girls Summit in Albania and will approve a resolution to prevent the sexual harassment and violence against girls.
In Albania, the phenomenon of child sexual exploitation and abuse is in disturbing terms, not only in figures provided, but also in terms of the ratio of sentences to offenders. According to studies and reports in our country, 12% of children claim to be victims of violence and sexual harassment by an adult and about 5% of them are victims of sexual abuse, (BECAN study). This happens in families, schools and social care institutions. Whereas just a few months ago, The Intelligence Unit of “The Economist” in its latest Out of the shadows: Shining light on the response to child sexual abuse and exploitation - a 40-country benchmarking index examines how countries are responding to the threat of sexual violence against children.
The European Day Against Child Exploitation and Sexual Abuse was set in 2015 by the Council of Europe and this year coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. 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.
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