Raising Awareness About Sexual Violence Against Children - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Raising Awareness About Sexual Violence Against Children

Published March 19, 2013

A joint project of the Prime Minister, The Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Welfare, and the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture has been launched in an effort to raise awareness about sexual violence against children in Iceland and to encourage citizens to report instances of child abuse and misuse.
The current wave of the project is the mass distribution of a post card that reminds the public of the seriousness of child sexual violence and encourages communication with child welfare services through dialing 112 in case of a child being abused, mbl.is reports.
Iceland is raising awareness about this very serious issue as part of their cooperation with the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children Against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse.
The joint effort of the Ministries further seeks to educate children of their right to live free from abuse, violence, or the threat of violence, and will move to educate adults on the importance of discussing sexual violence with their children. More information on the project can be found on the Ministry of Welfare’s website.

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