Sex Charges Indicate Need for Guidelines
5 April 2005
Recent Child Sex Charges Indicate Need for Guidelines
ECPAT New Zealand Director, Alan Bell is concerned about the incidence of child sex abuse where a trusted person has been the perpetrator. Frequently the child may be reluctant to tell others of the abuse and is often confused and scared delaying telling someone who could advocate on their behalf. The result is the child living in secret anguish whilst the offender remains unnamed and a possible risk to more children.
“Wherever there are children they should know whom they can contact if they have concerns about adult behaviour towards them. Organisations that care for children should ensure that they have a child’s advocate and that the children know how to speak freely with them. It is expecting too much for a child to carry a bad experience around with them – they need immediate care and protection.”
ECPAT NZ is part of an international network of child advocates who work to end the sexual exploitation of children. ECPAT is currently working on a programme entitled “Choose With Care” successfully introduced in Australia providing guidelines for those who have responsibility in caring for children.