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13 Feb 2020
It is well-known that the internet is a hiding place for abusers and criminals, especially dangerous to children using self-regulated social media sites, like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and TikTok. This is one of the reasons why the...
04 Feb 2020
Facebook plans to develop more tools with parental control, such as access to chat history, or recent photos and videos. Facebook has been under scrutiny over its child safety protections since announcing their plans to extend end-to-end encryption...
28 Jan 2020
The first annual report of the Lighthouse project, which is a multi-agency service, providing support service for young victims of sexual abuse, reveals that a total of 363 referrals were made in the first year of operation. It is a 206.6% increase...
22 Jan 2020
Women’s and children’s rights have been repeatedly violated on many points in Turkey, and now lawmakers aim to cause them more harm. In 2014, the Turkish president said equality between men and women is 'against nature'. In 2016, he also said a...
21 Jan 2020
The reduction of violence against children, which is one of the most serious problems in the world according to the WHO, is a main priority in Austria's human rights policy. The country has very strict rules about maltreatment.  The city of Graz has...
14 Jan 2020
Although there are at least 55 million children in Europe who experience some kind of violence each year, according to WHO incidents of interpersonal violence are widely unreported. According to the estimations, 9.6% of children under the age of 18...
10 Jan 2020
Child abuse cases sometimes go unreported in Hungary due to lack of attention or in order to avoid conflict. Any physical, emotional or sexual mistreatment qualifies as abuse, and anyone who does not prevent or report it, qualifies as an accessory...
09 Jan 2020
The Home Office and the Microsoft launched a new tool which identifies and blocks child grooming conversations online with the help of artificial intelligence. This tool is part of the government’s work in the UK, to fight against child sexual...
02 Dec 2019
The article below was written by Helen Bonnick, a social worker and educator who specialises in child to parent violence and abuse. Her website, Holes in the Wall, brings together information, research and resources about this form of abuse for...
29 Nov 2019
At the end of November, a Council of Europe experts met the key stakeholders and authorities to identify gaps in legalisation, policies and practise of online and offline child sexual exploitation and abuse in Georgia. The main topics were:...

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