- engaging in sexual activities with a child of national law, has not reached the legal age
engaging in sexual activities with a child where:
- use is made of incitement, coercion, force or threats; or
- abuse is made of a recognised position of trust, authority or influence over the child, including within the family; or
- abuse is made of a particular vulnerable situation of the child, notably because of a mental or physical disability or a situation of dependence;
- exploiting a child in prostitution or other unlawful sexual practices;
- exploiting a child for the production and dissemination of images or pornographic material.
- is a global scourge that affects all States throughout the world, regardless of their level of political, social or economic development;
- is most common in circles of trust and perpetrated by people whom the victim trusts, or by people who have a certain power or authority over the victim, aggravating his/her inability to defend him/herself;
- causes profound long-lasting and concealed trauma, affects both the integrity and the physical, psychological and mental health of the victim, and requires specific and multidisciplinary interventions;
- has an insidious and hidden character and assumes varied and pernicious forms, thus limiting the availability of reliable quantitative and qualitative data structured according to age, sex and geographic areas;
- rarely leaves tangible or lasting evidence beyond the word of the child and possible witnesses, which has an impact on the victim’s access to justice and his/her recovery in dignity and rights.
Read the recommendations in the paper attached.