Cyprus is participating in the Council of Europe’s (CoE) campaign called “One in Five”, which aims to stop sexual violence against children.
According to an official press release, the national coordinator of the campaign in Cyprus is the Ministry of Labor and Social Insurance. The first broad meeting of the Cypriot national committee took place Monday under the presidency of Minister of Labor and Social Insurance Soteroulla Charalambous.
In statements after the meeting, Minister Charalambous noted that the “One in Five” campaign has two main goals. The first goal is to achieve the ratification and implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse. She added that the second goal is to equip children, their families/careers and societies at large with the knowledge and tools to prevent and report sexual violence against children, thereby raising awareness of its extent.
According to data from the Council of Europe, about one in five children in Europe are victims of some form of sexual violence. It is estimated that in 70% to 85% of cases, the abuser is somebody the child knows and trusts. Child sexual violence can take many forms: sexual abuse within the family circle, child pornography and prostitution, corruption, solicitation via internet and sexual assault by peers, the Council of Europe notes.CNA
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