In order to effectively fight against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children, communication is essential. But how can we ensure that it contributes to an effective protection of victims? First, by agreeing on the vocabulary used. Indeed, many disagreements and confusions persist as to existing notions. Terms such as « paedophile », « child prostitution » or « child pornography » are increasingly criticised as being imprecise, harmful, or stigmatising towards children. However, depending on the words used, different images and perceptions will be created1 . Thus, the proper use of terms is necessary in order to adopt coherent laws and policies to address these issues.

The purpose of this document is to define a number of key terms, which ECPAT Belgium advises to adopt in order to avoid causing any harm to victims.

Did you know?

  • About 1.8 million children are sexually exploited every year.
  • Most perpetrators of child sexual abuse abroad did not plan their act.

On the European Day Against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse of Children, ECPAT Belgium launched its new campaign “I say STOP!”.

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This institutional meeting is organised within the framework of the KOUTCHA project. It aims to improve cross-border collaboration between France and Belgium in the handling of cases involving child victims of trafficking.  

The management of these cases raises many challenges. Consequently, child victims of trafficking who have to move from France to Belgium (or vice versa) do not always benefit from the protection to which they are entitled. 

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What are the different forms of child sexual exploitation ? What are the consequences ? What does the law say and what tools exist to protect children ? ECPAT Belgium, in collaboration with Defence for Children International Belgium, successfully gave a training course on child sexual exploitation on September 17th in Mons. 

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How are police interviews and therapeutic interviewing of trafficked children carried out ? Why is the role of the interpreter so important ? In the framework of the CAPISCE project, we had the chance to interview Nadia Ounifi (coordinator at the Federal Police) and Charline Malaise (psychologist at Esperanto) who explained the points of attention in their work with interpreters 

The CAPISCE project aims to create training modules for interpreters working with child victims of human trafficking. Nadia Ounifi and Charline Malaise presented the central role that interpreters play in provinding interpretation that will guarantee the right of children to be heard and understood.  

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On 17 September, ECPAT Belgium and Defence for Children International Belgium invite you to a training course to better understand and respond to the sexual exploitation of children.  Click here for practical details.

“There is an urgent need for a national action plan to fight the sexual exploitation of children”. Ariane Couvreur, project manager at ECPAT Belgium, raises concerns in an interview with Sud Presse.

With all the necessary sanitary measures, ECPAT Belgium provided a training course on online safety at PAG-ASA, a center for victims of human trafficking. A big thank you to the participants for their motivation and enthusiasm!

Today we celebrate ECPAT’s 30th anniversary. What started as a campaign initiated by a small group of people to tackle child prostitution in Asia is now the world’s largest network dedicated to ending all forms of child sexual exploitation, including 118 member organizations in 102 countries. This is an opportunity to take some time to recall the actions of the ECPAT network.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the world in an unprecedented way. If the world is currently slowing down, sexual predators never stop and are continuously adapting. Many factors induced by this sanitary crisis facilitate the perpetuation of violence, especially against children. What is the impact of COVID-19 on children? What can we do to protect them, especially from sexual exploitation and abuse?

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