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Preventing Sexual Violence
Youth helping youth
‘The fact that our voice will be heard and will help people in need. This is the best thing ever’ (Youth Advisor from Albania.)
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Sexual Violence
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    "any sexual act, attempt to obtain a sexual act, unwanted sexual comments or advances, or acts to traffic, or otherwise directed, against a person's sexuality using coercion, by any person regardless of their relationship to the victim, in any setting, including but not limited to home and work"
According to the World Health Organization:
1 in 5 Compaign
The Council of Europe's ‘one in five’ campaign is built on data which suggest one in five children in Europe experience some form of sexual violence during childhood
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young people viewed as victims of abuse in need of protection
young people making informed decisions about the exploitation they experience
Paradigm Shift
In Europe, youth advisors participated in consultation workshops to better understand what young people felt were the issues around sexual violence in, what they felt needed to happen to prevent sexual violence, how young people could be involved and what would help or hinder young people's engagement in prevention efforts.
Voices of Children and Young People
Youth Advisors
Talking about sexual violence: What is important
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Authenticity
Creative Sharing
Knowledge
Support
Participation
Youth appreciate peer interaction and listening to real people with real stories
Youth prefer creative outlets to tell their stories through music, graffiti walls, social media, and others
Youth report the influence of their peers is most beneficial for providing emotional, moral and practical support
Youth expressed a desire to volunteer and help others who struggle and were interested in further training to help
Youth want more information on sexual violence and more open communication about the topic, specifically in schools
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For More Information:
To Report Sexual Violence:
If you are an individual who works with youth who experienced sexual violence...
Be non-judgmental Be a Good listener Give youth time Involve youth in decision-making Give clear information Encourage Build confidence Develop trust Be inclusive
...youth want you to always remember to:
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