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Hear it from them...

This is the moment for survivors to be heard.

To all the survivors out there: you are not alone.

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. But for the first time, ECPAT International organised and gathered more than 300 survivors of child sexual exploitation at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

In collaboration with our network members and partners, we organised 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

Ally: I am a survivor because I am still here.

At the age of 16, Ally was sexually exploited by a man she met online. He threatened to share pictures of her if she went to the police, so she remained silent. This is her story.…

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Lee: I had to choose between acceptance and destruction.

Lee is a thoughtful, youthful, expressive 29-year-old who works as a law enforcement officer in his native Thailand, with a focus on investigating crimes and enforcing laws related to the protection of children’s rights. Hearing Lee…

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Matthew: Not speaking was like an emotional cancer.

Telling the world about a history of sexual abuse is never an easy thing for anyone. Victims are rightly afraid of being judged; of being stigmatised; of having the totality of their existence reduced to…

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Sophie: Why are we the ones hiding our faces in shame?

“Hope is like peace. It is not a gift from God. It is a gift only we can give one another.” The words illustrate the worldview of Sophie, a 31-year-old feminist, activist and teacher, from…

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Speak Out

Advocates tell us what it means to be a survivor, what it takes to speak out, to recover and to become agents of change.

What does it mean to be a survivor? Matthew McVarish, Scotland
What does it mean to be a survivor? Jerome Elam, United States
What does it mean to be a survivor? Graham Jobson, Canada
What does it mean to be a survivor? Sunita Danuwar, Nepal
What does it mean to be a survivor? Tapati Bhowmick, India
What does it mean to be a survivor? Filipina Bonilla, The Philippines
What does it mean to be a survivor? Kiever Zambrano, Colombia

Hear it from the children

Through their own art and words, children tell us about the abuse they have suffered from and claim their right to be believed, listened to and recognised as credible informers.

Hear it from Them
The Sexual Exploitation of Children by Tourists and Travellers
Understanding & Fighting the Demand Side of Child Sexual Exploitation
Sexual Exploitation of Children Online

Spotlight

ECPAT Members working with survivors share their experiences and hopes for the future

ECPAT Activist Ambinina Raveloarison

Meet Ambinina Raveloarison, Care Coordinator for Child Survivors of Sexual Exploitation and EICYAC Focal Point at ECPAT France in Madagascar.

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Global Forum for Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Exploitation

15 survivor advocates and experts from 12 different countries met at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg to bring forward recommendations and discuss how to put an end to SEC.

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Organizations helping survivors of sexual exploitation around the world.

Want to list your organization on this map? Contact info@ecpat.org.