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
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…Continue reading
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…Continue reading
“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…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.