Combating the rape and sexual abuse of children

Combating the rape and sexual abuse of children

On 5 October 2020, French Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Jean-Paul Garraud of the Identity and Democracy Group, posed a written parliamentary question to the European Commission: 

“At the LIBE hearing on 10 September on the EU strategy on a more effective fight against child sexual abuse, Commissioner Johansson spoke about an alarming level of paedophilia on the internet.

The Commissioner said that this crime was growing exponentially, with the number of online paedophile videos increasing from one million in 2010 to 17 million in 2019. Last year, 100 000 new child rape videos were discovered in the EU.

This is a consequence of a practice in online paedophile communities whereby newcomers are required to publish new paedophile videos in order access older videos.

Libido inhibitor treatments, also known as chemical castration, are used in many Member States and have proven to be effective against the risk of paedophiles reoffending.

As well as the preventive measures which the Commission wishes to put in place to combat paedophilia, as part of the penalties that can be imposed by the courts could the EU recommend to all Member States the use of libido inhibitor treatments for individuals identified as having created such videos, who are therefore guilty of child sexual abuse?”

On 25 January 2021, Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson responded on behalf of the European Commission stating “Directive 2011/93/EU requires Member States to take a number of measures to prevent child sexual abuse, such as intervention programmes for offenders, education and awareness raising campaigns.

The EU Strategy for a more effective fight against child sexual abuse, adopted on 24 July 2020, sets out specific initiatives to promote a proactive and strong response against these crimes, in particular to prevent them, taking into account the November 2019 European Parliament Resolution, and the October 2019 Council of the European Union Conclusions.

One of the initiatives under the strategy is the creation of a network of practitioners and researchers, to support Member States to prevent and counter child sexual abuse and facilitate the exchange of best practices.

In particular, the network would have a strong focus on prevention programmes for offenders and for people who fear that they might offend. As the prevention network is in the process of being developed, it is not possible to determine the concrete initiatives that may result from the experts’ work in the network.

In addition, the Commission will launch, in early 2021, an extensive study to identify legislative and implementation gaps, best practices and priority actions at EU level to enable a comprehensive and effective EU response against child sexual abuse online and offline. The results of the study will inform Commission legislative and non-legislative actions to fight effectively against child sexual abuse.

The EU Strategy on the rights of the child, which is planned for adoption in spring 2021, will address among other topics combating violence against children.”

Source: https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/E-9-2020-005448_EN.html

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