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Published 20.11.18

The Right to protection from sexual exploitation and violence

Stiftung Digitale Chancen

The protection of children against sexual violence is the subject of the conference "Wissen was die Praxis schaf(f)t" in Berlin on 19th and 20th November. The right to protection is enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, UN-KRK, Art. 19 und UN-KRK, Art. 34. Federal Family Minister Dr. Franziska Giffey referred to this and called for child protection to be strengthened in the new Child and Youth Welfare Act as well as in the new Youth Media Protection Act. Both are important legislative projects that shall be passed in this legislative period. According to the Minister, it is necessary to pay attention to signs of sexualised violence against children and to talk about them. At the same time, she called for low-threshold, permanent aid structures and competent specialised counselling centres, also in rural areas.

Referring to 18 November, the European Day on the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, Giffey called for the fight against such crimes to be better organised than organised crime; data protection should not lead to criminals being protected. In order to give children their right to protection, a child-friendly justice is needed; therefore it is important to include the rights of children in the German Constitution. Even if this will be only a phrasing of a few words, it will set a signal for children's rights.