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Protecting children from sexual victimisation

ByDavid Pilgrim

This chapter considers the practical aspects of protecting children from the sexual advances of adults are broad task. One starting point for the discussion is the overarching policy intention of the European Council Treaty (201) issued in 2007. This Convention is the first instrument to establish the various forms of sexual abuse of children as criminal offences, including such abuse committed in the home or family, with the use of force, coercion or threats. The Convention criminalises the solicitation of children for sexual purposes ("grooming") and "sex tourism". With the aim of combating child sex tourism, the Convention establishes that individuals can be prosecuted for some offences even when the act is committed abroad. Child Sexual Abuse is a global problem and boys and girls from poorer nations are at greater risk of sexual exploitation. The Internet beams into the homes of sex offenders the abuse of children far away. This isn't 'child pornography' but recordable evidence of sex crimes.