English: Germany’s Ex-Minister and now Independent Delegate for the Assessment of Child Sexual Abuse, Dr. Christine Bergmann Deutsch: Unabhängige Beauftragte zur Aufarbeitung des sexuellen Kindesmissbrauchs, Dr. Christine Bergmann, Bundesministerin a. D. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Thousands of girls under the age of 18 are ensnared into lives of prostitution annually, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Many are runaways or “throwaways” trapped in “the oldest profession” by pimps who sell them using modern sales and marketing techniques, including the online classified website Backpage.com.
If you see evidence of child trafficking or child sexual abuse, report it to ChildHelp USA National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-422-4453. If the legal system does not provide adequate protection for a child, contact Justice for Children at (713) 225-4357 or http://justiceforchildren.org
Ariana-Leilani’s Mom joined Matthew McVarish, on his walking trip from Netherlands to Berlin, Germany for several weeks. Several German newspaper articles were written about this activism to stop child sexual abuse.
Stop Child Sexual Abuse message from Matthew McVarish walking 15,000 km across the EU.
London left May 31st 2013 Paris June 10th to June 18th Luxembourg June 28th to July 4th Brussels July 10th to July 16th Amsterdam July 22nd to July 28th Berlin August 16th to August 22nd Copenhagen September 1st to September 7th Stockholm September 23rd – 29th Helsinki September 30 – October 6th Tallinn October 6th – October 12th RigaOctober 22nd – October 28th Vilnuis November 6th – November 12th Warsaw November 26th – December 2nd Prague December 21st
2014 Vienna March 12th to March 18th Bratislava March 21st to March 27th Budapest April 3rd to April 9th Bucharest May 12th to May 18th Sofia May 27th to June 1st Athens June 24th to June 31st Cyprus June 31st to July 6th Malta July 6th to July 12th Rome July 21st to July 27th Ljubljana August 17th to August 23rd Geneva September 15th to September 21st Madrid October 30th to November 5th Lisbon November 24th to November 30th Cardiff January 1st to January 7th 2015 Dublin January 14th to January 20th Belfast January 25th to January 31st Edinburgh Feb 7th
The 19 Days Campaign is a WWSF initiative launched in 2011 by the Children-Youth Section and sponsored by the Women’s World Summit Foundation – WWSF and other partners.
As a multi-issue coalition of diverse partners using the 19 Days Campaign as an organizing strategy in the fight against at least one of the 19 abuse/violence issues presented in the list of campaign themes, you help create a world fit for children by:
Raising public awareness of the multi-faceted problem of abuse and violence
Mobilizing agents for change, organizations, institutions and grassroots faith-based groups
Educating for better prevention measures
Strengthening local, national and international initiatives
Establishing collaboration with other campaign partners
Creating support at the national, regional and international level
Linking prevention with the Convention on the rights of the child and the UN Study on violence against children
Lobbying governments to implement UN Study recommendations and in particular “prioritize prevention”
Aims of the 19 Days Campaign
Continue to bring to light the alarming problem, its multifaceted aspects and the need to generate sufficient civil society interest and government and public support for better prevention measures
Catalyze grassroots support for the mandate of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children – SRSG VAC
Create new synergies at all levels between diverse actors (youth included) to empower the international community in its commitment to eliminating violence against children and youth
Ariana-Leilani is being abused and neglected. As a result, she suffers from Severe Chronic Neutropenia — where her neutrophil levels are at life threatening low levels making her prone to fatal infection. She needs medicine to control her condition. Please sign her petition:
A recent Silent Tears Study done in South Carolina points out that:
One in four girls is affected by sexual abuse, one in six boys are affected, criminal sexual abuse is preventable, victims are 2 to 3 more likely to have alcohol abuse problems,
Child sexual abuse by relatives, including parents, is no less harmful than that by non-relatives. However, Child Protective Services across the country discount relatives as suspected abusers.
The primary reason that the public is not sufficiently aware of child sexual abuse as a problem is that 73% of child victims do not tell anyone about the abuse for at least a year. 45% of victims do not tell anyone for at least 5 years. Some never disclose.
Children who are sexually abused are at significantly greater risk for later posttraumatic stress and other anxiety symptoms, depression
These psychological problems can lead to significant disruptions in normal development and often have a lasting impact, leading to dysfunction and distress well into adulthood,
Sexually abused children tended to perform lower on psychometric tests measuring cognitive ability, academic achievement, and memory assessments when compared to same-age non-sexually abused cohorts.
Sex offenders often have multiple victims. In a study of 561 sex offenders, the men in the study accounted for the sexual abuse of 195,000 children.
The chance of getting caught for sexually abusing a child is as low as 3%.
Many sex offenders carefully groom their victims and the families of their victims in an effort to gain the trust of the child and the family.
Even Governor Haley of South Carolina and Oprah Winfrey were victims of abuse. “It doesn’t matter your background, it doesn’t matter your education, it doesn’t matter the wealth of your family,” Haley said. “Every child is subject to child abuse. And it was a day-care provider that was taking care of me.”
Help save 10 year old Ariana-Leilani from abuse and neglect in Washington DC:
This annual event is part of year-round efforts by Stop the Silence to bring attention to child sexual abuse, its treatment, and prevention. With your help, we can do better for those most vulnerable in our communities… the children… and help survivors heal and thrive. Please join us this year as a runner, walker, cheerleader, donor, sponsor, or visitor. Come be a part of the solution.
This year, we’ve partnered with the Washington Redskins Alumni Association who will be out in full force at this year’s race. Mark Moseley, of NFL fame and a former Redskins player, has signed on our the official spokesperson for Stop the Silence for 2013, and has challenged everyone to run with him on April 14 at the Race to Stop the Silence. There will be food, entertainment, speakers, prizes, and fun for the kids. So bring out the whole family!