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Making Noise: A project for the unheard

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A study commissioned by the Children’s Commissioner for England, during 2015 and 2016, looked for a better understanding of kids and young adults’ experiences after having been sexually abused. The Making Noise project, held in England, sought to help victims in recognising, identifying and disclosing sexual abuse in the family and friend environment. Thus, making their lives easier for them, to talk about the issue and to find confidence and trust in themselves.

How to determine when a child is being abused?

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Did you know that, according to official reports, every year there is an average of 3 million reports of child abuse in the US alone? That is, without a doubt, a terrible amount of cases that should be brought down to none immediately. The most worrying part is that it is only the official number, meaning that there are many other cases in which the victim does not speak up about the situation they’re living.

Parental Control: How to take care of your children from the distance?

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Did you know that in the UK, almost every ten minutes a police department receives a phone call denouncing a case of grooming? It’s a worrying amount of phone calls, don’t you think? Well, luckily for us, there are ways for preventing and supervising what are kids are watching and doing every time they go online.

As we have already stated on previous posts, grooming is the online approaching of adults towards minors, trying to earn our children’s trust and affection to finally appoint an encounter that might end up on sexual abuse. The attackers, generally, do not show themselves as adults, but they appear to be children around the same age as ours to appeal trustworthy and understanding for them.

Online vulnerability: Are your children safe?

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Without a doubt, Internet has a whole universe of entertainment for children to explore online. There, they can play, learn, create, and connect. Especially that, connect with other people. There’s where the hazard starts.

Are you really aware of all the danger your kids are exposed to when they’re online? Often, we hear and read about cases of children talking to strangers online, and how those strangers turned out to be way different (and older) than what your children expected. It is important that us, as adults, guide our kids to understand all the dangers and how vulnerable they are when navigating on the net on their own.

Grooming: A sexual offense that is still not illegal

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Grooming is the connection an adult makes with a child, through texting, social media, or personally in order to gain their trust. All of this, with the purpose of sexual abuse, child trafficking, or sexual exploitation.

There is an alarming number of cases of adults contacting young boys and girls through the internet and social media to be victims of grooming. And even when police departments receive many cases of grooming daily, it is not considered a reason of persecution in many countries.

Self-harming, a consequence of child abuse

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Self-harm can come up as a response to a variety of reasons, and as well as its causes, it can take many physical forms, such as burning, cutting, hair pulling, overdosing, and even poisoning. All of these manifestations of pain may not always be a cry for attention or a suicide attempt, and victims, in many cases, may not even know why they’re doing it. In fact, in many cases, victims do not even realise they’re doing it, as they are “used” to feeling pain and hurt by different sources.

Jeffrey Sandusky gets arrested for pederasty

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Jeffrey Sandusky, 41, one of Jerry Sandusky’s adoptive sons (a retired college football coach), is confronting 14 charges for sexual abuse to minors. Jerry’s father, Jeffrey Sandusky, got imprisoned five years ago for similar charges, facing a sentence of 60 years in prison. Let’s not forget that, for over 10 years, Jeffrey Sandusky was in charge of a foundation that helped young boys in precarious situations to fulfil their dreams of playing football. For now, the bail imposed by the judge is for $ 200.000.

Have you heard of Thorn?

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Founded in 2009 under the name of DNA Foundation, by Hollywood actors Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, Thorn is an organization that seeks to stop human and children trafficking from all around the world.

The idea and concept of the foundation comes as a result of Demi watching a MSNBC documentary about human trafficking and sexual slavery in Cambodia. Disgusted by what she had just watched, Moore started a research to find out that these crimes do not only happen in Cambodia or Africa, but in the United States and the rest of the world, as well.

Small Children, Big Victims

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Did you know that 3-4 million children between the ages of 3-17 are in great risk of being victims of domestic abuse each year in the US only? Not to mention the rest of the world.

Domestic violence does not strictly mean physical abuse, children can be enormously affected by only witnessing a fight between their parents; hearing and observing any sorts of violence creates a negative effect on their childhood.

Sexual Exploitation and the World at Large

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Not a second goes by without a child being raped, tortured or abused somewhere in the world.  It is estimated, for example, that:

  • In Asia, more than a million children are sexually exploited;
  • India is the Asian country that is the most affected, with at least 400,000 children being subjected to such treatment;
  • In the United States of America, more than 300,000 children are affected by some form of abusive sexual treatment.
  • In South Africa, close to 30,000 children engage in prostitution.

It suffices to say that it is difficult to obtain precise figures on issues like these. Factors Contributing to the Sexual Exploitation of Children Numerous factors contribute the sexual exploitation of minors.  These include:   – Poverty : poor children are more vulnerable than others because they believe that what the exploiters offer is a chance to make a decent living. They quickly lose hope and find they are the perpetual victims of sexual relationships based solely on violence and force. – Sex-trafficking networks:  the development of communication technology (cell phones, the Internet, etc.) permits the rapid spread of information throughout the world.  Consequently, international and cross-border networks of child-traffickers have developed, thereby facilitating the exploitation of children all over the globe.  – Humanitarian crises : caused by armed conflicts or natural catastrophes, such crises aggravate the precarious situation in which children find themselves. Helpless children, sometimes orphans, who struggle day in and day out to survive, are often easy prey for individuals who wish to sexually exploit them. – Worldwide development of the sex industry :such development leads to an increase in the size, shape and scope of sexual exploitation.