Global Survivor’s Forum
Until recently, few opportunities existed for survivors of childhood sexual exploitation and abuse to come together, exchange views and experiences, promote solidarity, develop a common vision and become an effective force for change.
On 18 November 2016, ECPAT International organised at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France and in collaboration with its Network Members and partners, the First Global Forum for Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Exploitation. This was the first step towards initiating a platform for survivors around the world to speak out, collect their voices and opinions, and take initial steps towards a survivor-led movement to combat the scourge of Sexual Exploitation of Children.
“I thought I have been through the worst but today I have learned that many other women went through the same or even worse situations. I don’t feel alone anymore.“- Sierra Leone
"We will come together, fight together and bring an end to this crime."- India
"A survivor is someone who doesn't let their pain take over their life. They can let it go, turn it into fuel and power."- Thailand
How was it organised?
27 local consultations were held in 24 countries
The voices of 300 survivors were heard
15 survivor advocates and experts from 12 different countries flew to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg to bring forward recommendations and discuss how to put an end to SEC
Meet some of the inspiring advocates and experts who took part in the 2016 Global Forum
A listening ear, compassionate understanding and unconditional acceptance are some of the most invaluable gifts one can offer a person who has suffered extreme violations of their fundamental human rights as sexual abuse and/or exploitation.…Continue reading
Advocates tell us what it means to be a survivor, what it takes to speak out, to recover and to become agents of change.