A coalition of more than 60 organisations working to end child sexual abuse on and offline
Ending child sexual abuse both on and offline requires a multi-perspective approach. The partnership and expertise of child rights professionals, survivors of sexual violence, child-protection hotlines, law enforcement agencies, technology experts and many more is crucial to end this scourge.
The European Child Sexual Abuse Legislation Advocacy Group (ECLAG) is a coalition fighting to protect children from sexual violence and abuse. The organisations involved in ECLAG have joined forces to advocate for the Child Sexual Abuse Regulation proposed by the European Commission in May 2022 to be passed. ECLAG brings together more than 60 European and global organisations. The steering group consists of the Brave Movement, ECPAT, Missing Children Europe, IWF, Terre des Hommes and Thorn.
The NEED FOR EU REGULATION TO TACKLE CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE MATERIAL ONLINE
On March 20, the European Child Sexual Abuse Legislation Advocacy Group (ECLAG) hosted its first high-level event in Brussels supporting the proposed EU regulation to Prevent and Combat Child Sexual Abuse online.
The event provided an opportunity to hear from a panel of experts on why the EU proposal is urgently needed and what policymakers could adjust in the regulation to better protect children globally. As well as Mié Kohiyama, the panel included Heidi de Pauw, CEO of Child Focus and founding member of Missing Children Europe, Michael Tunks, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at IWF, and Cathal Delaney, a former law enforcement officer from Europol who now works for Thorn.
The future of the European Commission proposal to Prevent and Combat Child Sexual Abuse online is in the hands of EU policymakers in Brussels. ECLAG is campaigning to ensure they fulfil their responsibility to better protect children online like we do offline.
Keynote speakers were:
MEP Javier Zarzalejos and MEP Hilde Vautmans, both members of the European Parliament, Ashton Kutcher, the co-founder of Thorn, and Mié Kohiyama, co-Founder of the Be Brave Movement France and survivor of childhood sexual violence.
“We must listen to the voice of children - children who need protection - children whose lives can be ruined - children who can become victims of offline and online abuse - threatened no matter their social background. Protection of children is not an option, it is a duty - an inescapable responsibility. We all share that responsibility.”
Javier Zarzalejos, Rapporteur for the legislation
“We need to remember that this legislation is about protecting children from sexual crimes that create long lasting harm. It’s important that Europe keeps in mind it is acting for the world in taking the lead on this crucial legislation.”
Mié Kohiyama, Brave movement
“We are on the verge of becoming the first jurisdiction in the world to mandate online services to detect and report child sexual abuse online. It’s about time that we deliver as law makers on this crucial issue and protect our children. Only by removing CSAM can we give children back control.”
Hilde Vautmans, MEP
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