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Council of Europe launched a Campaign to stop sexual violence against children “One in Five”

Strasbourg - The Council of Europe has been running a campaign to stop sexual violence against children “One in Five”. The campaign was officially launched in Rome, Italy, on 29 and 30 November 2010.

The main goal of the campaign to stop sexual violence against children “One in Five” is to encourage further signature, ratification and implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (the Lanzarote Convention). The Lanzarote Convention contains all the measures needed to prevent sexual violence, to protect children and to prosecute the abusers. Furthermore, the aim of the campaign is also to raise awareness of sexual violence against children by strengthening knowledge and tools to prevent and report such acts.  

Available data suggest that about 1 in 5 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: incest and sexual abuse within the family circle, child pornography and prostitution, corruption, solicitation via internet and sexual assault by peers.

The campaign is part of the Council of Europe programme "Building a Europe for and with children", which aims to promote children's rights and to protect children from violence.

More information about the campaign is available here: